Preventative Dentistry is the best way to avoid painful, expensive dental procedures as it stresses at-home dental care that will help prevent decay or disease. Preventative, or at-home, dental care is important because it results in healthy teeth and gums throughout one’s life.
Floss should be used to clean in between teeth. Proper flossing techniques include using an 18-inch strip of un-waxed floss wrapped around the middle fingers of both hands.
Healthy smiles begin at infancy! Parents should begin brushing and flossing their children’s teeth when the first tooth emerges. When the child is old enough, parents should teach their children to brush and floss. Setting a high standard of oral hygiene early on in life will help your child develop healthy oral hygiene habits for life!
Lastly, visiting your dentist every six months will also help prevent serious dental issues such as cavities or periodontal disease. Dental checkups and oral cancer screenings can catch things you may have missed during your at-home care routine. Parents should make appointments for their children to first see the dentist after their first tooth grows in to establish good at-home dental care and children should also see the dentist every six months. Checkups and cleanings cannot be substituted with at-home care, but together, the two will help ensure that your smile will stay healthy and will last a lifetime!
Our dental hygienists are certified to provide laser decontamination during your cleaning. If signs or symptoms of periodontal disease are detected, your hygienist may recommend using a dental laser to remove the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. Lasers are gentle and safe and can disinfect the pockets between the teeth better than many alternative treatments. Patients who have gum disease should consider laser decontamination as it is minimally invasive and can prevent serious long-term damage caused by periodontal disease. Call our office today if you are interested in incorporating lasers into your next dental cleaning!