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Cleanings and Checkup

Preventative Dental Care

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A general cleaning is a procedure that is recommended every six months. Even though visiting the dentist twice a year may seem like a lot, two short visits a year will potentially prevent a life time of dental problems and worry.

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Quick At Home Cleaning Tips from the American Dental Association:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft bristle brush and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Use dental floss to remove food from areas between the teeth or under the gum line that a toothbrush cannot reach. Bacteria that cause decay linger in areas where a toothbrush cannot reach. Therefore, it is very important to floss between your teeth daily.
  • Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouth rinse (Listerine or Crest Pro Health) twice a day for 30 seconds each time before you brush.
  • Consume a healthy diet each day. Eat a limited amount and frequency of foods high in sugar.

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque causing food particles, and help keep your breath fresh!
  • Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
  • If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!

Initial Oral Examination

Regular checkups and x-rays are fundamental for the best possible oral health. We recommend that each patient visit our office for regularly scheduled exams and teeth cleanings every six months. Visits may be scheduled more frequently as needed for those with specialized treatment needs.

At-Home Dental Hygiene

At Home Dental Hygiene
Consistent teeth brushing and flossing routines are the best ways to prevent cavities and periodontal disease throughout life’s stages.

Great Falls and Reston Family Dentistry team will guide you in all features of at-home dental hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Fluoride Treatment

Occuring naturally in food and water, fluoride is an essential mineral that strengthens teeth against plaque and bacteria. Your comprehensive treatment plan may include fluoride application during your appointment.

Great Falls and Reston Family may decide to use fluoride for your dental health because it defends teeth against acid attacks from plaque, stops cavities from developing, and remineralizes teeth.

Tooth Sealants

Tooth SealantsFood particles and plaque collect in the grooves of your teeth that often cannot be reached by regular brushing and flossing. In these cases, sealants can be applied, effectively “sealing” the deep grooves and protecting tooth enamel from plaque and resulting decay.

Great Falls and Reston Family can provide this simple procedure in one visit, in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. Generally, sealants take only a few minutes to apply, cause no pain, and can last for an extended amount of time before further treatment is needed.

Periodontal Disease & Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or gum disease, indicates that the bone and gums around teeth have become infected. Irritation of the gums result from the bacteria found in plaque, at times turning gum tissue red and swollen, causing it to bleed easily. If the progression of periodontal disease remains untreated, the gums separate from the teeth, causing “pockets” to develop between the teeth and the gums along the gumline. The result is the deterioration of gum tissue and jawbone, leading to tooth loss.

Scaling and root planing is a treatment course to prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Reaching in between gums and teeth down to the roots, scaling and root planing helps gums close painful pockets that may have formed in the gum tissue around teeth. This procedure allows Great Falls and Reston Family and a registered dental hygienist to provide a deeper cleaning between the compromised gums and teeth, preventing progression of periodontal disease.

Mouth Guards

A variety of dental problems are the result of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Symptoms can include sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches and ear or neck aches. Teeth grinding can have serious, long-term effects, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth.

Mouth Guards for BruxismIf you suspect that you grind your teeth during sleep, Great Falls and Reston Family can help you discover whether or not a medical condition may be contributing to this habit.

Once teeth grinding has been diagnosed, Great Falls and Reston Family can provide a custom fitted nightguard for your teeth from a simple impression of your top and bottom teeth. We will take special care to ensure that your nightguard is adjusted to your unique needs and fits perfectly for maximum protection.

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