Oral Health – Prevention & Cleanings
Good dental health starts at home with good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office through the efforts of your dentist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. This also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and x-rays.
Comprehensive Dental Exam
Dr. Smith starts every dental evaluation with a discussion about the goals and needs of her patient. Do you have specific oral health needs that need to be corrected? Do you have questions you want to discuss?
As Dr. Smith examines your teeth, she will create a plan to transform them into a winning smile. She will examine you, your teeth, and your mouth to:
- Assess your overall medical and oral health
- Look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease
- Evaluate your existing restorations
- Conduct an oral cancer screening
- Review dental x-rays
And an office visit may include preventative cleaning, application of sealants and a fluoride treatment to help you keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease.
Your personal oral care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of sugary snacks you eat, and correctly using your toothbrush and floss to help control plaque and bacteria.
You can help reduce plaque if you brush and floss regularly. If this sticky layer of food and bacteria is allowed to build up, it can have serious consequences for your teeth and gums.
- Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night). If you have trouble brushing, try an electric toothbrush.
- Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth. Flossing helps clean these spaces and it prevents plaque from building up, reducing the chances of damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
- Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush.