Preventative dentistry is essential to ensure that you enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
When you commit to your bi-annual cleaning and examination, we take the opportunity to detect issues with your teeth, gums, or jaw and treat the problem early. This prevents the need for extensive dental work later.
In addition to detecting the need for restorative care or deep cleaning, preventative dentistry reduces the risk of developing serious illnesses. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease significantly increases the likelihood of developing diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, osteoporosis, and pneumonia.
Your Routine Hygiene Appointment
You can expect a comprehensive exam and cleaning every six months when you visit Main Street Dental Arts for a check-up. After our dental hygienist cleans your teeth, the dentist completes an assessment for periodontal disease and makes detailed notes in your chart. You also receive an x-ray of your entire mouth bi-annually or annually depending on your insurance coverage. Patient education is another important part of your twice-yearly exam. Before you leave the appointment, we update you on your overall oral health as well as any potential issues she wants to monitor.
The Importance of Home Care
The dentist sees you for only a fraction of time during the year. In order to keep your teeth and mouth as health as possible, plan to do the following regularly:
- Brush your teeth with a firm toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste every morning and evening at a minimum. Be sure to include flossing as part of your normal routine. An electric toothbrush may be a better choice if a large amount of plaque has accumulated on your teeth.
- Replace your toothbrush every 90 days. If the bristles of your manual toothbrush look frayed, you should replace it as soon as possible. You should also update your electronic toothbrush head once every three months.
- Be certain to keep your toothbrush dry by rinsing the toothpaste and water off with each use. It’s also important to store your toothbrush in an upright position while exposing it to air. Placing it in a plastic container or drawer can have the unintended effect of encouraging the growth of bacteria.
- Use swift motions to brush your teeth as well as back-and-forth motions. Don’t forget to brush all parts of each tooth, including the chewing surface, front, and back. Brushing your tongue each day helps to discourage bacteria growth in addition to providing you with fresh breath.
We love all patients at Main Street Dental Arts, whether you are visiting us for the first time or you and your family are regular clients. Our staff looks forward to seeing you soon.