Regular dental cleanings every three to six months allow our doctors and hygienists to promote healthy gums and teeth by removing the plaque that causes decay and gum infection from areas that are difficult to reach with home care alone. At each visit, we will use visual aids and patient education videos to help you stay informed about your own oral health.
Fluoride is a substance that helps tooth enamel become stronger and more resistant to decay. Our Hygienists will apply fluoride to your child’s teeth during their cleaning visit, making it more difficult for cavities to begin.
Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and diligent brushing and flossing has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay. We may recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops) if necessary.
Fluoride is also helpful for adults to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Regular fluoride treatments may reduce sensitivity. We recommend dental cleanings every 3 to 6 months.
During your initial consultation and at each routine cleaning visit, Drs. Bragg and Moody will perform a complete dental examination. Accompanied by digital xrays and electronic cavity detection, our doctors will evaluate each tooth for signs of decay or bite trauma, as well as conduct a periodontal examination to assess your gums for infection or bone loss. If additional treatment is required, we will determine the most conservative approach and offer our recommendations to care for your smile.