Oral Health – Prevention & Cleanings
Good dental health starts at home with good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and a balanced diet. Getting into the habit of taking care of your dental hygiene is something that can help maintain your quality of life for years to come.
These good habits carry on and are 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. Dial 914-764-3540 today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our trusted dentists.
Comprehensive Dental Exam
Dr. Smith starts every dental evaluation with a discussion about the goals and needs of her patient. She addresses any specific oral health needs that need to be corrected and answers any 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 address and focus on the following:
- 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
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.
Home Care & Maintenance
Your personal oral care and maintenance 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. The best ways to reduce plaque and germ build- up are:
- 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. Rinsing your mouth after eating can flush out many pathogens that would otherwise be lingering around in your mouth.
Signs & symptoms of Oral Health Problems
There are a few tell tale signs to look out for that may indicate you have a few oral health problems. Although you shouldn’t wait until you experience any symptoms to pay the dentist a visit, here are a few warning signs that you have dental health issues:
- Teeth feel loose
- Gums constantly bleed and feel sore
- Chewing in a specific area causes pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Frequent dry mouth and chronic bad breath
These symptoms may be an indicator that you are dealing with a few oral health problems. If you experience any of these conditions followed with swelling, difficulty of breathing, or immense and unbearable pain, seek emergency medical treatment.
Causes of Dental Diseases
You can get dental diseases from bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. While typically originating in small manageable quantities, if these pathogens are left untreated for long periods of time, you may end up with numerous different oral health problems.
Bacteria can be found all over the mouth, in between the teeth and gums, and even on your tongue. They also survive in plaque. When plaque isn’t removed by a dental professional, as it cannot be removed with brushing or flossing at home, it can slowly develop into tartar, which can bring on a ton of different oral health concerns. Going to the dentist regularly and taking care of your oral health at home consistently can prevent these issues.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
At Pound Ridge Cosmetic Dentistry in Pound Ridge, NY, we pride ourselves on offering premium leave dental care and service. With the use of state-of-the-art technology and equipment, we strive to provide the best results possible, and help you reach the smile of your dreams.
Our team of dental care professionals know that good dental health starts with good oral hygiene at home, and we are dedicated to helping you make a habit of doing so! Speak with our knowledgeable dentists to learn more about the various options we offer for Prevention & Cleanings! Call 914-764-3540 to reach our office, or fill out the Appointment Request Form below. Our practice serves Pound Ridge, and the surrounding areas of New York.