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Cleaning and Prevention

The dental profession prides itself on the principle of prevention. Most patients are recommended to have biannual cleanings and examinations. Not only do they help you to prevent dental problems before they arise, they leave your gums healthier and your teeth cleaner and whiter. A professional cleaning removes soft and hard plaque (otherwise known as tartar or calculus) that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It also may include a fluoride treatment and polish to help protect and soothe your teeth and gums. Even if you haven’t had a cleaning or dental treatment over several years, it’s never too late to begin a regular protocol that will help to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

What are some preventative measures I can take?

  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush twice daily

  • Floss daily, preferably before bedtime

  • Rinse thoroughly after brushing and flossing

  • Avoid sugary foods, coffee, and tobacco