With good oral hygiene comes fewer dental problems and improved overall health. In addition, to your regular dental check-ups, our team recommends routine cleanings with a dental hygienist. During these cleanings, we remove dental plaque and tartar, which has gradually built up around your gum line or on the tooth surface. Even the most avid brushers may still suffer from some plaque build-up. If this isn’t addressed, then it can lead to tooth decay and future dental problems.
Our dental hygienist uses an ultrasonic spray to gently remove any plaque or tartar. This spray vibrates to remove the deposits while keeping you cool with a mist of water. Once all the teeth are cleaned, your hygienist polishes them for a beautiful, refreshing finish.
After your cleaning, we’ll take some time to discuss your at-home routine and provide some helpful hints to improve the health of your teeth and gums.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy relies on a daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits Enhanced Smiles. These six-month visits allow Dr. Pham to assess your oral health and prevent small issues becoming serious problems.
Your typical exam will include the following:
- Evaluation of your face and neck
- Examination of your mouth for any abnormalities
- An oral cancer screening
- Bite check
- Review of your teeth and gums
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Occasionally (especially during your first exam) Dr. Pham may take some x-rays to get greater insight into your jawbone and tooth structure.
Your comprehensive exam is gentle and comfortable. We address any concerns you have during this appointment and spend time discussing any potential treatment needs.
Home Preventive Dental Care
Home care is the #1 way to prevent a lot of problems with our teeth. Regular brushing 2x a day at a minimum. Brushing with the appropriate toothbrush be it manual or electric is crucial. The bristles should not be worn down. When brushing aim for 2 minutes or more. Flossing is where most patients are lacking. It takes time to floss properly, but it is well worth the effort. Aim for once a day. And if you’re bleeding when you’re flossing, it probably means it’s been a while since you’ve flossed or you’re not flossing enough. There are many rinses out there that can be used in conjunction with brushing and flossing. What’s important to remember is, the rinses do not replace brushing and flossing. Call us today to schedule your cleaning appointment with one of our dental hygienists.