Patient Education

How can I help my child have healthy teeth?

Be sure your child sees a dentist by his or her first birthday or 6 months after the first primary teeth appear, whichever comes first. After your first visit, schedule regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends. Parents and caregivers often share spoons, forks, and other utensils with babies. The saliva you may leave on the utensil contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. In some instances, kissing can also transfer bacteria. You can help prevent early childhood tooth decay in your child by making sure that your family practices good dental health habits.   Do not put your infant or small child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or any other product that contains sugar. The sugar and acids in these liquids can cause tooth decay. Do not prop the bottle up in your baby’s mouth, and remove the bottle as soon as your baby is done feeding or is asleep.

 

Use The Following Teeth Cleaning Habits

  1. Use a mouth pre-rinse before teeth cleaning, as recommended by Wilson and Fiquett. It is well known that pre-rinses containing calcium may help fluoride remain on teeth longer, which benefits all oral health.
  2. Brush teeth, gums, and tongue with a recommended fluoride toothpaste, all the while making very sure that you brush gently in the areas where the teeth and gums meet. Do not brush hard enough to make your gums bleed, as it is a common misconception that you need to brush very hard to clean teeth. Brushing hard can do more harm than good, and it is best approached as frequent, gentle brushing.
  3. Flossing is essential to keeping good oral health, and although many people avoid flossing because they believe that brushing will do enough, they are generally missing the areas in between teeth that a toothbrush cannot physically touch. It is important to remember to floss every time you brush.
  4. Make sure to have your teeth cleaned by a dentist at least twice per year. This is very important because no matter how well a job you do with your regular brushing and flossing, tarter will build up under your gum lines, removable only by a dentist. You can sit back and relax as the hygienist does their work to restore the deep areas of your teeth to their best state. During the final step, we will polish the enamel of each tooth with a soft brush to remove staining and give your teeth a fresh, glossy shine.
  5. Take the time every day to care for your mouth with good dental hygiene and let us take care of the rest. You can make sure that bad breath, bleeding gums and pain when eating and drinking are not a concern anymore, all the while improving the smile that people see every day. Call our office now to make an appointment for a teeth cleaning.  We are available at your convenience and look forward to servicing you.

 

Dental Exam

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

 

How to Clean Your Teeth

Daily teeth cleaning and hygiene is the process of removing as much plaque and tartar buildup as possible from the enamel of a tooth. Proper teeth cleaning and dental hygiene have a host of benefits if done regularly, and can prevent gum disease, tooth decay, swollen and bleeding gums, receding gum line, and bad breath. There are simple procedures for teeth cleaning with clear benefits to oral health if followed every day. Begin with a trip to Wilson and Fiquett Dental for a checkup and x-ray, and make sure that if there are any tooth issues they are corrected immediately. After the dentist cleans the teeth, make sure you keep them in good shape by brushing and cleansing them a minimum of three times per day.

Use The Following Teeth Cleaning Habits:

  1. Use a mouth pre-rinse before teeth cleaning, as recommended by Wilson and Fiquett. It is well known that pre-rinses containing calcium may help fluoride remain on teeth longer, which benefits all oral health.
  2. Brush teeth, gums, and tongue with a recommended fluoride toothpaste, all the while making very sure that you brush gently in the areas where the teeth and gums meet. Do not brush hard enough to make your gums bleed, as it is a common misconception that you need to brush very hard to clean teeth. Brushing hard can do more harm than good, and it is best approached as frequent, gentle brushing.
  3. Flossing is essential to keeping good oral health, and although many people avoid flossing because they believe that brushing will do enough, they are generally missing the areas in between teeth that a toothbrush cannot physically touch. It is important to remember to floss every time you brush.
  4. Make sure to have your teeth cleaned by a hygienist at least twice per year. This is very important because no matter how well a job you do with your regular brushing and flossing, tarter will build up under your gum lines, removable only by a hygienist. You can sit back and relax as the hygienist does their work to restore the deep areas of your teeth to their best state. During the final step, we will polish the enamel of each tooth with a soft brush to remove staining and give your teeth a fresh, glossy shine.
  5. Take the time every day to care for your mouth with good dental hygiene and let us take care of the rest. You can make sure that bad breath, bleeding gums and pain when eating and drinking are not a concern anymore, all the while improving the smile that people see every day. Call our office now to make an appointment for a teeth cleaning.  We are available at your convenience and look forward to servicing you.

 

What type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings