Nothing promotes the longevity of your teeth like regular brushing and flossing. While it is imperative that you take care of your teeth at home, it is also recommended that you visit an oral hygienist for professional cleanings. The Canadian Dental Association suggests at least two cleanings a year. Professional cleanings are very important to oral health, and nothing makes your teeth feel fresher!
Brushing and flossing at home is crucial for removing unwanted plaque. Plaque is a sticky buildup that forms on teeth and allows bacteria to multiply. Once plaque hardens, it becomes tartar, which is much more difficult to remove without professional attention. If you visit our office for preventative attention, we will begin by cleaning, scaling and polishing any tartar buildup that has occurred. We also offer fluoride treatment, which is a temporary "bath" that your teeth rest in via specialized molds. Fluoride treatment can strengthen your teeth against harmful acids and sugars.
Finally, we will take a digital x-ray of your entire mouth. This is an excellent preventative measure that allows our dentists to pinpoint any oral complications such as oral cancer or the genesis of gum disease. These x-rays ensure early detection and proper treatment of these conditions.
Before you leave, we will instruct you on proper brushing and flossing technique, and we will answer any other questions you have about keeping your mouth healthy. All of these preventative dentistry options are meant to protect you against gum disease, and to ensure that yourself and your family have happy, healthy teeth.
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Like most health issues, protection against gum disease and oral cancer begins with prevention. We will teach you how to keep your teeth healthy, and we will do our best to make them even cleaner and healthier! Call us at River City Dental to learn more.