Oral Hygiene and Screening Visits
An initial preventive care visit includes an hour or more of personalized attention with one of our talented hygienists, in which she’ll discuss your individual oral health needs with you. We take digital X-ray images of your entire mouth and screen for gum disease and oral cancer lesions. We thoroughly explain the importance of oral hygiene care, instructing you on proper homecare techniques to keep your whole mouth fresh and clean.
At a routine teeth cleaning appointment in our Centennial dental office, we clean your mouth by removing harmful plaque buildup from the surfaces of teeth and near the gum line. Take advantage of our selection of patient comfort measures to stay calm and relaxed throughout your visit. For a dental checkup in the Denver area, please call 303-759-5662 or email us today!
Oral Hygiene: a Team Effort
There are two main components of oral hygiene: your at-home care and your regular daily visits. Your daily hygiene is the more important to protect you from gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, and other oral health problems. To help your teeth stay healthy, make sure you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing every day.
There are many recommended techniques for brushing your teeth, but there are a few essential principles you have to keep in mind to brush your teeth properly and not do more harm than good:
- Don’t use a toothpaste that is too abrasive or it will wear away the enamel on your teeth
- Use a soft-bristled brush
- Don’t press too hard against your teeth and gums
- Make sure you brush to the gum line
- Use short, controlled strokes that aren’t too aggressive
- Make sure you brush for at least two minutes
You can brush more than twice a day, but don’t brush too soon after meals or snacks because your enamel may be softer at that point. Instead, rinse with water first and wait a half hour before brushing teeth. Also, if you’re brushing more than twice a day, do extra brushings without toothpaste.
For flossing, make sure you curve the floss around the tooth completely and get all the way from below the gum line to the top of the tooth.
However, there are some parts of cleaning that you can’t do yourself. No matter how well you brush, there are probably going to be a few spots you miss. In these spots, the plaque will absorb calcium and turn into tartar. This is essentially fossilized oral bacteria, and it can’t be removed with a toothbrush. Meanwhile, it also provides shelter for other bacteria, preventing you from reaching them with the brush or floss. Tartar gives oral bacteria extra leverage to attack your gums and teeth, increasing the risk of gum disease or cavities.
Checkups: Saving You Time and Money
At the same time as your cleanings, we will perform oral health checkups to identify growing dental problems before they become too serious. When we notice where and how much tartar buildup is on your teeth, we may recommend changes to your oral hygiene routine. Changing the way you brush can prevent cavities.
If we detect a cavity, we can fill it before it gets bigger. Treating cavities can prevent infection of the tooth, which would require a root canal.
Even an infected tooth might be saved, though, if caught early enough. This means you won’t lose the tooth.
In every case, a checkup leads to a shorter, less invasive, and less expensive treatment.
If you are overdue for a tooth cleaning or checkup in Centennial or other parts of south Denver, please contact Park Meadows Dental Care today for an appointment.