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Preventative

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Preventive dental services maintain your teeth and gums. Proactive oral care involves daily flossing and brushing, and semi-annual cleanings and exams. The practice of these tasks are designed to avoid gum disease, cavities and enamel wear – which often leads to sensitivity.

Preventive dental services include:

  • Regular oral exams, usually every 6 months

  • Teeth cleaning

  • Routine x-rays

The dental exam itself is a form of prevention, as the purpose of the appointment is to detect the potential for dental decay, both during the oral exam and upon reading any dental images (x-rays) taken.

What’s your role in preventive dental care?

Developing healthy dental habits starts with you.

  • Floss daily to get food that’s stuck between teeth before it turns to plaque.

  • Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day—usually morning and night--using a soft-bristled brush and a fluoride toothpaste. Your dentist can recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for you. They can also instruct you on how to properly brush.

  • Use a mouthwash to rinse out food particles after flossing.

  • Avoid acidic foods that can harm tooth enamel.

  • Be cautious with hard foods, like some candies, foods with bones, seeds, or pits that could damage or chip teeth.

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products--these can lead to cancer and other dental problems.

  • Use a mouthguard when participating in certain sports.

  • If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist for a nighttime mouth guard to help reduce gum recession.


Teeth Cleaning

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The need to brush our teeth after breakfast and again before bed is normally drummed into us as children, although for many people, the strictness with which they perform their oral hygiene routine often fluctuates. Nevertheless, if you are taking care of your oral health well at home, you might think that any further cleaning isn’t necessary. This isn’t the case. In fact, we recommend that all of our patients attend regular teeth cleanings with us, regardless of their age. Here’s why.


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Dental Exams

We are committed to helping our patients enjoy exemplary dental health. As part of this commitment, we recommend all patients attend regular, comprehensive dental exams with our team.

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Routine Dental X-Rays

X-rays may not be the first thing that you associated with a visit to your dentist, but they are an important part of the diagnostic process. This is because a large proportion of the teeth are below the surface of the gum and therefore not visible to the naked eye.

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