Preventing dental disease starts with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Here are a few of the keystones of maintaining a healthy, vibrant smile:
Forget everything you knew about x-rays- gone are the days of film and waiting! Digital x-rays use an electronic sensor instead of film. Because the image is digital, it can be viewed and manipulated immediately during your visit, making diagnosis far more efficient. Digital x-rays also require significantly less radiation than film x-rays.
In addition to brushing and flossing, there are a few additional techniques we often use to help patients maintain a healthy smile:
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Exams and Cleanings
With careful screening, we can identify many issues early, greatly increasing the chances of early remediation. While you probably know that we check for tooth decay and gum disease, did you know that our oral exams can identify cancer and diabetes?
Also, did you know that some restorative dental work can’t be expected to last a lifetime? If you’ve had fillings or a restoration, an oral exam can determine whether you need to revisit past work to avoid complications.
A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal for you. Your personal hygiene plays an important role in achieving that goal. This starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and brushing and flossing.