If you are one of the people in the world that dread going to the dentist, you may want to use our cleaning and prevention techniques to help keep tooth emergencies under control. Many people choose to wait and see a dentist when there is an emergency and that will mean that you need to have more substantial work done. This can cause more anxiety knowing you aren’t headed in for a normal regular visit.
There are several cleaning and exam tips we encourage our patients to follow that can help prevent tooth decay and emergency dental issues.
Dental Exams: Along with your regular cleaning, you will want to schedule an exam with the dentist. This is a great way for the dentist to look at the health of your teeth and gums and quickly identify any problems early. We can recommend treatment for any smaller issues that will eliminate them and stop them from becoming a larger issue and we can schedule treatment for any bigger problems.
Dental X-Rays: When an exam is scheduled, many times that technician will take you back and have a series of x-rays done on your teeth. The x-rays will assist the dentist in seeing any cavities in the tooth and any areas that the teeth may need to be treated. It can also see any teeth that may not have come in all the way such as wisdom teeth.
Teeth Cleaning: Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis with a dental hygienist is a great way to remove tartar and plaque that can be harmful to your teeth and gum line. When you leave your teeth with plaque and tartar on them, it can lead to more aggressive problems like gingivitis and gum disease. A regular cleaning should be done at least twice a year.
Teeth Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is found in all types of foods and in most of the water that you use to brush your teeth and cook your food. This mineral is the number one way to stop tooth decay and the dentist can help to replace any fluoride to your teeth that they may have lost over time. During the regular dental visit, the dentist or dental hygienist can offer you a fluoride treatment that is helpful in stopping and preventing tooth decay.
Teeth Brushing and Flossing: Brushing and flossing seem elementary but when it is not done right and on a regular basis between professional cleanings and exams, it can lead to tooth decay and cavities. That is the leading cause of many toothaches that come through our door. Be sure that you are using a proper toothbrush and taking your time to treat and brush each quadrant of your mouth. You also should be sure to floss regularly to ensure that all food particles are removed and no longer resting on the surface of the tooth and causing erosion and decay.