Keeping Your Teeth Clean and Healthy

We prevent teeth complications and educate on healthy teeth cleaning habits

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth. Also, daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

Something easy you can do to maintain good oral hygiene is brushing your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Forgetting to include this in your daily routine can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and a myriad of other dental issues. Staying up on your brushing and flossing can ensure that your smile stays white and your breath stays fresh. Even more so, it will save you time and money down the road!

One thing often missed in maintaining good oral hygiene is living a healthy lifestyle. The food and drinks you consume on a regular basis are a huge factor in your teeth’s health. So make sure to eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals. You should also make sure to visit your dentist every six months so they can make sure teeth and gums are healthy.

Some ways to check if you have good oral hygiene is to see if you teeth are clean and free of debris, if your gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, and if bad breath is a constant problem. If you have any of these symptoms, you can always start on your way towards good oral hygiene and visit us for any more suggestions.

Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason. Fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay. You should use dental products that include fluoride, such as a mouth rinse after you brush. Even your toothpaste should contain fluoride. Children should also have fluoride, in the form of under 1 drink fluoridated water, or a fluoride supplement.

With proper gum treatments, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. It is important to have gum problems checked promptly, as gum disease left alone may eventually need treatment through surgery or extraction.