Preventive care is the cornerstone of good oral health, and it is a top priority at our Hillsboro dental office. With good dental habits at home that include daily brushing and flossing and regular check ups and cleanings with your Dr. Smith, you can prevent painful and costly dental procedures and keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Proper brushing and flossing techniques can greatly improve the health of your mouth and prevent decay and tartar build up. If you're unsure whether you are using the correct brushing and flossing techniques, we will be happy to demonstrate and make sure you understand how to practice home care that optimizes your oral health. Not all toothpastes and mouthwashes are equal! We can give you recommendations for the best toothpaste and mouthwash to use to fit your dental needs.
Brushing and flossing alone isn't enough to prevent dental issues, though. Even normal, healthy teeth have fissures, crevices, and pockets where food can collect and hide from the bristles of your toothbrush, particularly between the teeth and along the gumline. Without regular professional cleanings, decay can start to build in these crevices, leading to painful cavities.
Tartar build-up, if left unchecked, can develop into periodontal disease that can require surgical intervention to heal. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it's too hard and firmly attached to remove with just a toothbrush. A hygienist can remove tartar build-up before it starts to cause serious problems, leaving you with not only healthier teeth and gums, but a more attractive smile, free of yellow tartar stains.
Regular dental check-ups give us the opportunity to take x-rays of your teeth. These x-rays let us see what's happening beneath the surface of your teeth and catch any developing problems in the early stage when they can be treated with minimally invasive techniques, saving you time, money, and a toothache!
Your overall health can affect your dental health. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is not only good for your teeth, but good for the rest of your body, too. Vitamin- and mineral-rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy will strengthen your teeth and improve your overall health. We can help you find the foods that will do you the most good, just ask!
We can't promise you'll never get a cavity, but with a proper diet, daily brushing and flossing, and a visit to our office at least once every six months for an exam and cleaning, we can catch and treat any cavities early so they don't become something more serious.
If you haven't been to see the dentist in a while, call today to schedule your next check up and cleaning with Hillsboro dentist Dr. Smith. Good oral health is a team effort, and we want to be a part of your mouth's team!