Your Dental Care
Good dental care begins at home
We are here to help, advise, and correct things when they go wrong, but ultimately the care of your teeth is up to you. You don’t have to lose teeth to tooth decay. Home care routines such as brushing and flossing are essential to strong, healthy teeth. When you brush your teeth, set a simple egg timer and aim to brush for 2 minutes, focusing equally on all areas – don’t forget the back teeth. Next floss or use an interdental cleaner to reach between your teeth – the areas that brushing simply can not reach.
Your hygienist and dentist will let you know of any areas seem to be hard for you to reach at home, so be sure to focus on getting to these areas as part of your tooth care regime.
Brush up on your tooth care program
Dental check ups are the most important visits you make to us, in fact, they are critical to maintaining good oral health. We encourage you have dental check ups at least every six months to help us:
• Find early signs of decay
• Treat oral health problems early, avoiding you costly dental repairs
• Check for problems that you might not see or feel
• What’s happens during your check up
All dental check ups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and flossing by our hygienist. Your hygienist’s job is to deep clean your teeth and perform a routine inspection for any potential issues.
A deep cleaning leaves patients with a good feeling that comes from having clean teeth and healthy gums. The hygienist will clean below the gum line, removing build-up of plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and other problems.
During the oral exam, the Dr. Ammon will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations. This is important because you apply constant pressure to fillings and crowns from chewing, grinding, or clenching, which can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
We’ll take a set of X-rays of your teeth, which we use to for early detection of decay, tumors, cysts (sacks of fluids which form on the roots of teeth), and bone loss.
Your hygienist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.