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Cleaning and Prevention

Dentistry is founded on the principle of prevention. All patients are recommended regular cleanings and examinations.  At your initial appointment the gum health will be examined and the frequency and type of dental cleaning to best maintain or improve your gum health will be recommended.

A professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It also involves a fluoride treatment for younger patients and a polish to help protect and soothe your teeth and gums.

The goal of the hygiene program is to allow a patient to maintain their gum health with daily brushing and flossing.  If moderate to severe bone and gum loss is present we may work in coordination with a gum specialist.

If gum and bone loss are present, or you are at a high risk for cavities, or suffer from dry mouth, our providers will discuss treatment options that can help with these conditions.

What are some preventative measures I can take?

  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Use a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush after each meal.  Electric toothbrushes are even more effective at removing food than the traditional manual toothbrushes.

  • Floss twice daily especially before bed.

  • Use an oral rinse after flossing, or even a better a waterflosser to remove loose food debris.

  • Avoid sugary foods that can cause decay, or tobacco products that can stain your tooth and increase your chance for oral pathology.