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Receiving regular dental cleanings and exams is key to your continued oral health. This preventive care allows our dentists and team to monitor your oral health,
What to Expect
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the dentist, you can expect the same care as a routine visit, as well as some extras. New patient appointments and visits (after more than a year has passed) will require x-rays. The dentist wants a complete look at what’s going on inside your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures. Plan to hang in there for a good cleaning session with the hygienist.
(If your teeth are sensitive, talk to the hygienist or dentist about numbing options to lessen pain before the work starts.) The longer you wait between visits, the more “hard” tartar builds up on teeth and around the gum line. Having tartar removed can be uncomfortable; but the clean, smooth feel of your teeth afterwards is well worth it. You’ll have fresher breath, too. When the dentist probes your teeth and checks the gums for pockets, it may hurt and bleed a bit. The pain shouldn’t last long.Don’t be overwhelmed if the dentist finds problems. By getting this appointment done, you’re already on the way to fixing them with your dentist’s help. And if you maintain good dental habits, routine follow-up visits will be easier.
What you should know…
After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your dentist will tell you whether tooth whitening is a safe option for your smile. If the agreed-upon you will be offered an out- patient take home kit.
Teeth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth, but it’s not for everyone. Discuss it with your dentist before you take action, especially if you have:
Discolored or sensitive teeth
White spots or decay on your teeth
A bridge, crown, or other dental work (especially involving front teeth)
To keep your teeth their whitest without undergoing tooth whitening treatment, practice good oral hygiene.
Dentures & Partials
Oral Hygiene & Periodontal Health
Taking care of your teeth…
1. Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth
2. Brush properly
3. Don’t neglect your tongue
4. Use a fluoride toothpaste
While fluoride has come under scrutiny by those worried about how it impacts other areas of health, this substance remains a mainstay in oral health. This is because fluoride is a leading defense against tooth decay. It works by fighting germs that can lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.
5. Treat flossing as important as brushing
Flossing once a day is usually enough to reap these benefits.
6. Don’t let flossing difficulties stop you
7. Consider mouthwash
Ask your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendations. Certain brands are best for children, and those with sensitive teeth. Prescription mouthwash is also available.
8. Drink more water
9. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables
10. Limit sugary and acidic foods
11. See your dentist at least twice a year
Some dental insurance companies even cover more frequent dental checkups. If this is the case for you, take advantage of it. Doing so is especially helpful if you have a history of dental issues, such as gingivitis or frequent cavities.
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