Come to Our Office for a Cleaning and Dental Check-Up
The foundation of any patient’s oral health is preventative care. In order to avoid conditions such as gum disease, decay and infection it is imperative for patients to engage in good oral hygiene habits at home as well as to receive regular in-office dental exams, cleanings and screenings.
How Do I Choose the Right Toothpaste and Mouthwash?
By utilizing fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses with brushing and flossing, you can reduce tooth decay. Although you can reduce tooth decay, you can not do anything for periodontal disease.
Tartar control toothpaste will reduce the formation of tartar (calcified dental plaque or calculus) above the gum line. But if you have sensitive teeth, they will make them worse. And, they do nothing for calculus below the gum line, where it seriously worsens Periodontal Disease.
Over-the-counter mouth rinses may kill germs that cause gum diseases in clinical studies, but in real-life perform no miracles. You still must floss! Your dentist is the best person to help you select the products that are best for you.
Tips for Good Brushing Habits:
Step 1 – Place your tooth brush at your gum line at around a 45-degree angle. Brush using a circular motion along the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth.
Step 2 – Try to brush each tooth individually. This is important and will assure that each tooth gets cleaned to the best of its ability. You can tilt the brush vertically behind the front teeth to clean the inside of your teeth. When cleaning the inside of your teeth, use the same circular motion.
Step 3 – Place your toothbrush along the biting surface of your teeth. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to clean this surface. Brush your tongue to remove odor-producing bacteria for fresh breath.
Cut off about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle finger (about 3 turns). After finishing one set of teeth, shorten the floss between your two fingers to around 6 inches by winding the floss around your opposite middle finger.
You should guide the floss in between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. When the floss gets to your gums, curve it into the shape of a “C” against one teeth to assure that you are flossing in the most effective manner. Hold the floss tightly against your tooth. Using an up and down motion, gently rub each side of your tooth.
As you finish cleaning each tooth, make sure that you continue to wind the dirty floss once around the first middle finger. Slide more clean floss to use as proceed to the next tooth.
The Oral Exam
When you become a new patient here at Royal Dental you will receive a comprehensive examination that includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. For any returning patients, a routine oral exam is performed to determine any changes in dental and health status since your previous visit.
During the examination, your gum tissue is measured with a fine ruler to calibrate in millimeter’s pocket depth between the tooth and the connective gum tissue. Deep pockets more than 4 millimeters in depth, can indicate gum disease and infection is present. The deeper the pocket, the more that the plaque bacteria collects. The more that this bacteria collects, the more that the gum disease is able to develop.
X-rays are taken as needed.