Preventative Dentistry

There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and routine dental cleanings

To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age.

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Prophylaxis

A dental prophylaxis also known as a dental cleaning is used to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Dental cleanings are the foundation of dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease as well as cavities. It is the core aspect of maintaining a healthy mouth.

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Benefits Of Routine Cleanings

Prevent Cavities

Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup can result in serious periodontal problems. Tartar can be found both above and below the gum line.

Using specialized dental cleaning equipment is necessary to remove those damaging buildup of tartar and plaque eat away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities.

Brighten Your Smile

Drinking coffee, tea, or wine, smoking, and other lifestyles can stain your teeth.

With the experience of our hygenists, regular cleanings can remove many stains and unpleasant build up that dull and discolor your teeth, so you’ll be left with a brighter, cleaner, fresher, and whiter smile.

Freshen Your Breath

Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally caused by bacteria build-up of plaque. A combination of rotting food particles and bacteria trapped on the tongue and gum lines results in bad breath.

The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria can noticeably improve your breath and oral hygiene and reduce the chances of infection.

Prevent Diseases

Having your teeth cleaned can prevent gum disease, heart disease, and early tooth loss.

A strong link exists between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. Because getting your teeth cleaned twice a year helps prevent gum disease, it can also reduce your chances of potentially deadly heart attacks and strokes.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal disease is the constant infection of the gums, which gradually destroys the supporting bone around your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease but good hygiene habits that include daily brushing and flossing can prevent most periodontal diseases.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth due to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities.

The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques performed daily.

Periodontal disease and cavities are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth after eating. The plaque will constantly form on your teeth but by thorough daily brushing and flossing, you can remove this bacteria before it is able to cause damage.

If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar) which thus irritates your gums and teeth and begins causing damage

Other imporant factors affecting the health of your gums include:
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition
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