Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth and gums in order to keep them healthy. Effective preventive dentistry merges at-home oral care by patients with treatments and counseling by dental experts.

We believe that top-quality preventative dentistry for our patients is the best way to inhibit dental problem from arising. Being proactive allows you and your dentist to diagnose oral issues while they are still minor. If you delay scheduling the recommended treatment, things unfortunately can get worse and may require a more involved procedure with more dental chair time and out of pocket expense.

The ideal way to prevent dental issues, including tooth decay and periodontal disease, is to maintain good oral hygiene at home and see a dentist and dental hygienist regularly.

From an initial appointment, examining the present state of your teeth and gums will allow us to determine the cleaning technique that is ideal for you. When you visit our dental team for a hygiene visit, you should be confident that you are in the caring hands of experts.

Are you aware that just a couple of slight changes can make a major difference to the state of your mouth in the future? Adopting a sensible approach now can actually make a whole world of difference in the long-term health of your teeth and gums.

As mentioned previously, if you don’t take proper care of your teeth and manage your oral health, you might find yourself spending a lot of money in the future on restorative dental care. Practicing preventative dentistry offers you a way to protect yourself from these excessive dental costs.

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Good Oral Hygiene Includes the Following

  • Visiting a dental office regularly every three to six months for your dental hygiene visit and exam
  • Brushing teeth not less than two times every day for at least two minutes
  • Flossing teeth at least once daily
  • Using dental products such as fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse
  • Maintaining a healthy diet, free of sugary foods such as sodas, candy, etc.
  • Quitting smoking to avoid other problems with the teeth and gums

Hygiene and Preventative Dentistry Procedures

Diagnostic x-rays and dental examinations are typically performed at your routine dental hygiene appointment. These diagnostic images allow the dentist to see signs of dental issues invisible to the naked eye. For example, cavities between the teeth or issues below the gum line often can only be seen on dental radiographs.
Prophylaxis or periodontal maintenance is typically rendered by a licensed dental hygienist, and is commonly referred to as “cleaning”, but it’s much more than that. Whoever is performing the service will remove any buildup of plaque, tartar, and stain on the teeth, then polish them. A fluoride treatment is generally beneficial at this time for adults and children alike.
Mouth guards and night guards provide advanced protection from cracked teeth during sports. They also treat bruxism (teeth grinding) that can potentially wear down teeth as well as contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Orthodontics can be considered a preventative measure that aligns the teeth and bite in order to limit the prospects of future dental issues. Misaligned teeth are generally harder to keep clean and healthy and are therefore more prone to decay and periodontal issues like gum disease.
Dental sealants are thin coatings that are light cured on the chewing surface of children and adult’s permanent teeth. Sealants add a barrier on the tooth that helps to prevent decay.

An attractive, clean smile starts with appropriate dental hygiene. We strongly focus on preventive dentistry and make an effort to educate patients, regardless of age, on diligent oral home care as well as the need for regular dental checkups and hygiene visits. The solutions we offer to our patients are designed to enhance and maintain optimal oral health for the rest of their lives.

However, our commitment to improving and sustaining your healthy smile does not end merely at your exam and cleaning. It goes much further. We are passionate about oral hygiene, and that is why our team preemptively offers you guidelines as well as tools to make it easy for you to maintain a happy and healthy smile.

Regardless of how confident you are in your brushing and flossing expertise, it is always important to have regular and professional hygiene appointments. Our dental team has what it takes – the tools, skills, and expert training necessary to provide a degree of preventative care that is impossible to achieve on your own.