Cleanings & Prevention
When so many of our medical complications are those that we can’t plan for and that come on suddenly, taking care of one’s own teeth becomes one of the bedrock principles of responsibility that we can learn. After all, we are blessed with only so many teeth and once they’re gone, they’re gone﹘then we must turn from natural to artificial means to keep our smile looking full and beautiful.
For those in the dental profession, our mission is two-fold: first, provide first-class care to those whose mouths are suffering from various dental diseases and conditions, and secondly, help the patient prevent the onset or recurrence of these conditions before they ever become an issue.
TAKING PREVENTATIVE ACTION
In order to help us accomplish the latter aspect of our mission, we have taken every effort to create a dynamic, holistic preventative program that capitalizes on the tools that we have in our office; these tools include the cleaning instruments, x-ray machines, sealants, and chemicals, of which our team has spent years perfecting their use. However, despite all that we do at the office to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures of the teeth, at its core, our preventive measures are a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. Tooth decay happens when the acid created by the combination of plaque and sugar begins to eat away at the enamel of the tooth. A well-rounded diet can also guard against gingivitis and other, more aggressive forms of gum disease by allowing diverse nutrients to strengthen the tissues in the mouth.
When a patient enters our office with a host of good oral hygiene habits, it is much easier for the dentist and dental hygienist to continue the effort of promoting, restoring, and maintaining your health in the dental office. Remember, however, that those good habits extend beyond brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Effective prevention also makes room for regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays.
The key to a healthy, confident, beautiful smile is consistency; consistency at home and at our dental office. This way, we can help you avoid serious and costly dental problems now and in the future.