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Cleanings & Prevention

Preventive dental care is essential if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your lifetime. It takes a joint effort between yourself, the dentist, and the dental staff to ensure that you preserve your natural dentition and supporting structures to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. 

The aim of doing all these is to minimize potential and existing harmful dental conditions and diseases.  Your oral dental health also has a vital role to play in your general health. 

The process begins at home from having a balanced diet and keeping proper dental oral hygiene on a daily basis. It then continues with appointments to a dental office where your dental hygienist and will dentist promote, restore, and maintain your oral dental health.

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Home/Cleanings & Prevention

Cleanings Prevention

Preventive dental care is essential if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your lifetime. It takes a joint effort between yourself, the dentist, and the dental staff to ensure that you preserve your natural dentition and supporting structures to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. 

The aim of doing all these is to minimize potential and existing harmful dental conditions and diseases.  Your oral dental health also has a vital role to play in your general health. 

The process begins at home from having a balanced diet and keeping proper dental oral hygiene on a daily basis. It then continues with appointments to a dental office where your dental hygienist and will dentist promote, restore, and maintain your oral dental health.

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What Does The Process Entail?

The whole process involves four categories as discussed below:

1. Home Care

Home Care involves your initiative in working towards proper dental health. It plays a vital role in keeping a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts for a lifetime.

The practice begins from eating balanced meals, minimizing sugar consumed in foods and beverages, and correctly using dental aids to control plaque and bacteria that may cause dental issues. 

For proper home care practice, ensure that you do these three things:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a full two minutes. Studies show that electric toothbrushes (either Sonicare or Oral-B) are more effective at removing plaque than manual brushing.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day and 
  • Rinse your teeth once a day

2. Dental Exams and Cleaning

Dental exams and cleaning should be part of your dental routine. The examination involves your dentist performing regular checkups to detect any signs of potential dental issues like gum issues, tumors, cysts, and decays. 

The examination procedure involves five categories, namely:

  • Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs)
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease assessment
  • Evaluation of tooth decay and
  • Assessment of the existing restoration

Professional dental cleaning or dental prophylaxis, on the other hand, involves the following

  • Removal of Calculus or Tartar
  • Removal of plaque 
  • Teeth polishing

3. Sealants

Sealants are thin plastic coatings placed on the chewing surface on the back teeth, molars, and premolars. They protect the chewing surface from tooth decay by giving them protective shields that block out germs and food debris. Sealants are ideal for people of all stages, babies, children, adults, and teenagers.

4. Dental X-Rays

Also called radiographs, x-rays are crucial preventive and diagnostic procedures in providing critical information that could otherwise be invisible with other dental assessments. The tools provide information that dentists use to safely and precisely detect existing and potential abnormalities.

Benefits of Dental Cleanings and Prevention

Proper and regular cleaning and preventive measures provide several benefits to your oral health, including: 

  • Preventive dentistry lowers the risks of severe dental conditions like tooth decay, bad breath, gum diseases, among other issues. 
  • It promotes good oral hygiene habits like brushing your teeth and flossing every day.
  • It helps in the early detection of dental problems-early detection may help reduce treatment costs. 
  • It helps in the reduction of dental conditions that are related to various chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cancers, and osteoporosis. 
  • Your dentist might detect early signs of fractures and broken fillings on your professional dental cleaning routines and prescribe corrective actions.
  • Procedures such as home care and professional; dental cleaning will remove most of the stain, plaque, and bacteria that may discolor your teeth. In return, you will maintain a brighter and whiter smile. 

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For excellent, professional, and affordable cleanings and prevention,  kindly talk to us on the phone at (407) 894-5061 or by email info@edwardsfamilydentistry.com. You can alternatively visit us in person.

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