Routine dental care is an important part of anybody’s overall health care plan. It’s been said before that the health of your mouth is reflective of the health of your body. You don’t skip out on your regular check-ups with your doctor, and regular check-ups with the dentist are just as important.
Research has shown that there’s a distinctive link between oral conditions like periodontal disease and systemic health conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. Proper preventive care and prompt treatment of any concerns that come up will help you feel better and look better.
Why are professional cleanings necessary if you brush and floss their teeth every day? Excellent home care is only a first step. The fact is that there are plenty of places that your toothbrush and dental floss just can’t reach and nobody expects you to work on your teeth for an hour to remove every trace of plaque and tartar!
That’s what we do at your professional cleaning. Our trained hygienists know what to look for and will carefully examine and clean your teeth to get all the little areas that your brush and floss miss. One of those key places is often just below the gumline, and it’s especially important to remove plaque and tartar from there to avoid developing gum disease.
If your hygienist notices anything concerning, the dentist will be notified right away. Your hygienist will also provide you with tips and suggestions to help you get the most from your home care routine.
We also recommend regular check-ups with our dentists in addition to your cleanings with your hygienist. These check-ups provide an opportunity for Dr. Zimdars or Dr. Sfeir to examine your teeth and look for the early signs that a problem might be developing. When it comes to oral health conditions, which could mean everything from cavities to oral cancer, early detection is the key to simple, conservative, and less expensive treatment.
If a problem is noticed, our dentists will discuss their concerns with you and outline your treatment options (which may include simply improving your home care technique). We believe in educating our patients about their oral health, and we want to make sure that you have all the facts you need to make informed decisions. Our dentists take the time to get to know you and understand your needs and your concerns.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay and in preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. A fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or your doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six, or 12 months.
We’re looking forward to seeing you! Scheduling an appointment is easy. Just give us a call at 309-685-4340