Dental Hygiene – Teeth Cleaning
When it comes to Oral Hygiene, we partner with our patients to help them identify the factors that influence the health of their teeth and gums.
Our hygiene department has a strong focus on prevention of cavities and gum disease.
Whether you need a basic cleaning or gum therapy that involves deep cleaning, you will be taught how to get control of the health of your teeth and gums through proper home-care and maintenance.
Good hygiene starts with awareness of your current teeth and gums condition. On your first visit, our hygienist will take measurements and create a chart on the status of your gums. You will be able to create a roadmap track the progress of your treatment.
Two common dental hygiene questions:
• What toothbrush should I use?
Since everyone’s needs are different, we would recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush and replacing it every 3-4 months. For more specific recommendations, ask your hygienist or dentist to recommend a toothbrush based on your individual needs on your next appointment.
• Are all toothpastes the same?
There are some significant differences in toothpastes. Other than flavors and colors, toothpaste contains different active ingredients to help fight cavities and gum disease and other ingredients to help remove plaque and buildup.
Fluoride, the most common ingredient in commercially available toothpaste has shown to help prevent cavities. There has been recent concern about the toxicity of Fluoride in water, but there is no clear evidence of adverse effects when used as a topical ingredient in small concentrations.