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Even with diligent brushing and flossing, skipping your bi-annual dental appointments can be risky business. Regular check-ups usually only take about an hour and can save you significantly more time and expense. Seeing the dentist every 6 months allows our team to catch small issues before they become big problems. Keep your smile healthy with preventive care.

Why is preventive dental care important

Keeping Your Smile Healthy


We provide excellent preventive care, including exams, cleanings, and digital X-rays. Early detection of dental problems is essential to gain optimal oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you follow a schedule of twice-yearly cleanings and exams.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE APPOINTMENT

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Professional cleaning is a crucial step to begin the dental care process. Using specialized tools, we meticulously clean your teeth and gums, ensuring the removal of plaque and tartar that might have accumulated along the gumline. To complete the cleaning process, your teeth are polished, leaving you with a refreshing and revitalized feeling, ready to showcase your bright smile.

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In the interest of providing comprehensive care, dental x-rays may be recommended, especially if you are new to the office or haven’t had them in a while. These x-rays allow us to examine what lies beneath the surface of your smile, revealing any hidden issues that might not be visible otherwise. With this information, we can make more accurate diagnoses and design effective treatment plans to address any concerns.

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Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral wellbeing, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

WHAT PREVENTIVE SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

We offer a wide range of preventive treatments to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. This includes:

  • Diagnostic & Prevention
  • Cleaning & Hygiene
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Dental Sealants
  • Emergencies
  • Periodontal Care
  • Soft-Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Night Guards
  • Sports Guards
  • TMJ/TMD Treatment
  • Sleep Apnea

HOW DO I BRUSH MY TEETH PROPERLY?

Keeping up with good brushing habits is integral to your oral health, and using the proper technique can help keep your mouth free from decay. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use small, circular strokes to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. You should spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Use toothpaste that is ADA-approved and rich in fluoride, and don’t forget to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or when the bristles start to look frayed or worn.

HOW DO I FLOSS PROPERLY?

Daily flossing is the best way to dislodge plaque and bacteria to keep gum disease at bay, and can be easy once you know the proper technique. Begin by gathering about 24 inches of dental floss, wrapping most of it around one index or middle finger. Wind the remaining few inches around the index finger of your other hand, keeping about 1-inch of floss taut between your fingers and thumbs. Gently glide the floss between your teeth. If you’re having trouble getting the floss between your teeth, try not to force it, as it can slip and cause damage to your gums. Instead, use a gentle side-to-side rocking motion to get the floss where it needs to be. Once the floss is between your teeth, slide it into the gum line while following the c-shaped curve of the tooth. Repeat this process for both sides of every tooth. To help prevent the spread of bacteria, be sure to wind a new 1-inch section of floss before moving on to the next tooth.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROPHYLACTIC CLEANINGS AND PERIODONTAL CLEANINGS?

Prophylactic cleanings, also known as “regular cleanings, ” are the cleanings you receive during your routine dental appointments. They are essential in helping to prevent decay and keep your breath fresh, and should be scheduled every 6 months. During your cleaning, we’ll remove any plaque, tartar, or bacterial buildup from your teeth and floss between them to ensure the continued health of your smile.

Periodontal cleanings are only necessary for patients with periodontal, or gum, disease, and are sometimes referred to as “deep cleanings.” These cleaning sessions are more thorough than regular cleanings, and are meant to halt the progression of gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will carefully scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup from between your teeth and gums, and carefully smooth out the roots of your teeth, to eliminate pockets that can trap bacteria and allow gum disease to flourish. An important part of every periodontal maintenance routine, deep cleanings can help those suffering from gum disease to preserve their oral health.

WHAT IS ORAL CANCER AND HOW CAN I KNOW IF I HAVE IT?

Catching oral cancer early on gives us a better chance at stopping it before it spreads, and can even save your life. During your exam, your dentist will examine your gums, tongue, and the rest of your mouth, looking for abnormalities like lesions, lumps, and discolorations. If we discover anything out of the ordinary, we’ll send you to a specialist for a comprehensive analysis. Although oral cancer is relatively rare, it’s important to be diligent about your oral hygiene routine, and to regularly visit our office for cleanings and checkups so we can identify any potential problems before they become major issues.