Oral Hygiene

The best way to keep your teeth is with  good Oral Hygiene, which includes brushing twice daily and flossing at home,  having your teeth examined yearly, and having them cleaned by a dental hygienist.A yearly examination, with periodic x-rays, will allow the doctor to monitor your tooth health, as well as the health of the surrounding gums, oral tissue, and bone. A hygienist will see you two to four times a year to clean your teeth, and monitor the health and condition of your gums. A hygienist can help catch any early problems and is valuable for at home care instruction, as well as alerting the doctor to any developing problems with your teeth or gums.

Yearly Examination

During your yearly exam, with every-other-year x-rays, the doctor will check for decay above and below the gumline, and between the teeth. The margins of fillings and crowns will be checked for fit and any signs of leaking, deterioration, or decay. The gums and soft tissue will be inspected for any abnormalities, or disease. The bone levels around your teeth, and decay between the teeth, will be assessed with review of your x-rays. This exam allows the doctor to catch any problems when they are most easily corrected. This exam is a good time for you to ask any questions regarding your oral health or condition of your smile.

Dental Prophylaxis

Dental Prophylaxis, or cleaning, helps to prevent decay, and is very important for preventing dental disease. Even with excellent at-home care most of us develop deposits of tartar, and stains on our teeth. Dental hygienists are specially trained to remove  plaque, tartar, bacterial deposits below the gums, and stains. They also are trained to monitor the health of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth and to identify any problems or abnormalities. Hygienists provide at-home care instruction tailored to your specific needs to help correct any developing problems. Having regular dental cleanings increases your chances of having your teeth all your life.