The foundation of good oral health is proper dental hygiene that includes regular, professional cleaning and maintenance.
We customize cleanings based on the condition of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Most adults have some degree of gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease. For them, we sometimes use ultrasonic scalers to remove buildup of calculus, also called tartar. We may also prescribe medicated gels and rinses to reduce the level of decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
For children or adults at high risk for decay, we may recommend fluoride products such as mouth rinses, dietary supplements, and professionally applied gels and varnishes. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, protecting it against decay. This is especially important for children and those who mainly drink bottled water, which doesn’t contain fluoride.
We also use dental sealants, which provide extra protection for the back molars, where most decay occurs in children and teens. As the name suggests, they form a protective surface that “seals off” the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Applying sealants is simple and painless, and one application can last 5 to 10 years.
For our younger patients, dental checkups also include a lesson on proper brushing and flossing techniques. If you have a question about your child’s oral hygiene, or even your own, don’t hesitate to ask.