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DENTAL HYGIENE

Hygiene

Hygiene

Sound Dental Care

Office Patient - CleaningThe basis of sound dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize cleanings on the basis of your periodontal (gums and bone) health. We utilize medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas, if necessary. Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.

The practice of keeping the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy, as by regular brushing and flossing and preventive dental care. The state of one's oral health, resulting from this practice or its neglect. Also called oral hygiene.

Sealants should be used as part of a child's total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. It is an easy three-step process: We clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. A special cleansing liquid, on a tiny piece of cotton, is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.

Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes.

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