Cleanings and Prevention
The Importance of Teeth Cleaning and Preventative Care
At The Dental Group of East Brunswick, Dr. Yanni believes that prevention is the best possible method of dental treatment, and always emphasizes dental health through prevention with each of his patients. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental exams can help to stop most problems before they severely impact your oral health.
Brushing properly two times per day and flossing regularly are fundamental to good oral hygiene and health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your with a soft bristled brush, sized to fit your mouth. It should be angled 45 at degrees to the gums and you should use short, tooth-width strokes to brush the teeth. The outer, inner, and chewing surfaces should all be brushed. Brushes should be changed every three months or so, and fluoride toothpaste is essential. Flossing should be completed at least once per day to remove food and plaque caught between the teeth that brushes cannot reach. Fluoride in the water and in your toothpaste helps to maintain the strength of the enamel, which helps keep plaque from eroding the surface of the tooth.
Dental decay and disease prevention begins with regular dental cleanings. New patients often get dental x-rays in order to diagnose tooth decay that was not previously treated, but after that, dental cleanings and thorough dental examinations generally detect dental decay and gum disease that may be lurking inside your mouth. Dental cleanings are important for prevention because they remove plaque, food, and tartar.
Tartar is difficult to with regular brushing, and provides a surface that is easy for sticky plaque bacteria to adhere to. Unremoved tartar can give plaque a safe harbor to grow as brushing generall fails to remove tartar completely. A smooth and polished tooth surface makes it far more difficult for the plaque to stick onto the tooth, and reproduce. Teeth without tartar are easier to clean and maintain, and the adjacent gums are not subjected to the ravages of the bacteria either, helping to reduce or eliminate gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Dental cleanings and exams also makes it easier for the dentist to see problems starting in the teeth or gums, and allows him to take measures, such as additional fluoride treatments and deeper cleanings, to prevent or reverse any damage that is already in progress.
Prevention and early detection of dental decay and gum disease means that more expensive and invasive dental procedures can be avoided. Dental health also helps to ensure the health of the entire body, as dental problems can contribute to cardiovascular issues, poor nutrition, and more.
Dr. Yanni is pleased to answer questions regarding dental cleaning and prevention. Contact our dentist’s office today for an appointment.