Toner Family Dental
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Preventative Care

Preventative Care

 

Preventive dental care is important for patients of all ages. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular check ups and hygiene visits, we can work together to keep your smile bright and healthy!

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At each visit, your teeth and gums will be examined for signs of oral disease including tooth decay, gingivitis or periodontitis, your mouth and lips will be examined for oral cancer and your jaw joints will be examined for signs of temporomandibular disorder. Twice a year, you will receive a thorough oral examination, which may include x-rays.

 Oral hygiene is important even in patients with no teeth.  Here are a few ways to keep the soft tissues of the mouth healthy if you wear dentures:

  • Brush the gums, tongue, and the roof of the mouth gently with a soft bristled toothbrush to stimulate circulation and remove soft plaque

  • Eat a balanced diet to promote good overall health

  • Get an annual exam for a soft tissue examination for oral cancer, fungal infections, and other diseases

  • Visit the dentist if your denture isn’t fitting well or causing sore spots

  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill unhealthy bacteria and improve breath freshness

Home care is essential to a healthy smile. Here are a few things that you can do to keep your breath fresh, help prevent plaque and tartar build up as well as reduce your risk for cavities:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a soft bristled toothbrush

  • Use fluoride toothpaste

  • Brush the top of your tongue

  • Floss at least once a day

  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help kill unhealthy bacteria

  • Eat a balanced diet low in sugar