Cleanings and Prevention
Brush. Floss. Rinse. It is no secret that these daily practices are good for our teeth and overall health. After all, dentists have been preaching the benefits of good oral hygiene for generations.
However, what many don’t realize is that these practices, while crucial to oral health, are simply not enough to maintain a healthy smile. Just as important as these routines are regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams.
At Fairbanks Dental Associates in Temple, we take the health of our patients seriously, striving to provide every person who walks through our doors a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.
Cleanings are vital to your oral health. Routine cleanings performed by a dental hygienist help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and leave you with a fresh, clean feeling.
The primary purpose of the cleaning is to remove plaque and tarter from the surface of the teeth. Tarter, or calculus, is a hard, calcified buildup of plaque and food particulates. Tarter can not only damage teeth, but also get beneath the gum line, causing irritation and possible infection.
Plaque is a thin, sticky film of bacteria that coats teeth. The acids in the bacteria can eat away at tooth enamel, eventually giving way to the softer dentin beneath. When the acids begin consuming the dentin as well, cavities are formed.
After the hygienist has removed the plaque and tarter from your teeth and gums, a special tool is used to polish your teeth. Using an abrasive toothpaste that clears away any remaining debris, as well as smoothing out the surface of your teeth, this polishing tool makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick to teeth in the future.
After your cleaning, it’s time to see Dr. Fairbanks. A series of x-rays are captured using our cone beam CT scanning system. This process is quick, painless, non-invasive, and produces high-quality images that allow our team to accurately diagnose any potential issues or concerns.
In addition to the CT scan, Dr. Fairbanks also administers a thorough oral cancer screening. All of this information allows the doctor to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
Other Preventive Tips
There are numerous steps that can be taken to improve oral health and hygiene. Let’s look at a few of these methods:
Sealants – Many dentists offer sealant treatments to younger patients, but anybody can benefit from this simple technique. Sealants are a biocompatible coating applied to teeth, usually the back molars, to keep plaque and bacteria from collecting in the grooves on the top surfaces.
Fluoride Treatments – Fluoride is a substance that naturally restores and strengthens teeth, specifically the enamel. Fairbanks Dental Associates offers concentrated fluoride treatments to bolster your teeth against the threat of cavities and decay.
Electric Toothbrushes – Electric toothbrushes are more effective than traditional brushes, and Sonicare by Philips is one of the best on the market. Not only does Sonicare remove more plaque and tartar from the teeth than any non-electric brush, it also massages and stimulates the gums, keeping them strong and healthy.
For more information and preventive methods, give Fairbanks Dental Associates a call today! We maintain healthy smiles in Temple, as well as the surrounding communities of Belton, Academy, Harker Heights, and Troy.