What is it?
A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Many dental insurance policies will cover two cleanings per year, but please check with your insurance provider to review your eligibility and benefits to be sure of your coverage. No dental insurance? We offer an affordable, in-house dental plan for our patients!
What can I expect during a dental cleaning?
One of our registered dental hygienists will perform your dental cleaning. Each cleaning appointment includes:
- Oral Hygiene Instruction: Instruction includes review of brushing and flossing techniques along with tips on how to reach the commonly missed areas.
- Removal of Plaque: Plaque adheres to the teeth and over time and becomes calculus (tartar). It is difficult to see, and the bacteria that reside in the plaque produce toxins that cause inflammation in the gums and other tissue. This inflammation is the beginning of periodontal disease.
- Removal of Calculus (tartar):As plaque gets old it hardens into calculus. It can form on the tooth above and below the gum line. Calculus cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. It requires special dental instruments to be removed.
- Tooth Polishing: Plaque and stains are removed by polishing in areas where brushing and flossing are not effective.
- Exam: Once your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will meet with you to examine your teeth/mouth as well as discuss any additional treatments or aftercare that may be necessary.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Your dentist will check under your tongue and the soft tissues in your mouth, looking for lumps or irregular tissue changes.
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