Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment which is clean and where the intake of harmful foods is controlled.
Our program is one of many of our services which is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth which have been restored and manage periodontal disease.
Removing plaque and debris from teeth, especially from places where a toothbrush can’t reach, like underneath the gum line and in-between teeth is extremely important.
At the initial visit, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.
The following are helpful recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum
- Floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid sticky sugary foods
- Eat a balanced diet
- Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed
- Sealants placed on young permanent teeth
It is also important to keep in mind that in conjunction with periodic dental professional cleanings, a good dental home care regimen is necessary. As part of the preventive program at this office your current home care practices will be reviewed.
Additional preventive services may be indicated for individual patients.
An integral part of our preventive program for pediatric patients includes periodic fluoride treatments and the application of dental sealants.