Hygiene and Preventive Dental Care
While regular tooth brushing and flossing are the first lines of defense against dental disease, regular dental exams and cleanings are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and sound. At Goshen Dentist, we are dedicated to helping our valued patients maintain healthy smiles for life. Here's a look at the preventive dental services offered right here at our Goshen office.
What Happens During Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings?
After your first visit, you will need regular dental exams and cleanings to maintain a healthy smile. Most patients with good oral health need twice-yearly dental appointments. If, however, you have periodontal disease or are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, we may recommend more frequent checkups.
Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits for Long-Term Healthy Smiles
We recommend brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and flossing daily. Make sure to limit the consumption of sugary and acidic foods as well as biting down on hard foods, which can damage your tooth enamel. Remember to schedule twice-yearly dental visits to keep your smile healthy and bright. Dr. Fugate and her team are always happy to provide tips on maintaining good dental hygiene to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.
Preventive Dental Care Services
Routine Dental Exams: Regular dental exams are similar to new patient exams. We take digital x-rays and examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to check for new problems. Treating dental problems early on helps prevent minor issues from becoming bigger problems down the road.
Dental Cleanings: Our dental hygienist uses state-of-the-art equipment, including ultrasonic scalers, to remove plaque, tartar, and surface tooth stains. Regular teeth cleanings lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath and leave your smile looking whiter and brighter.
Preventive Dental Treatment: Aside from regular dental exams and cleanings, we are pleased to offer a range of preventive dental services, including fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps remineralize and strengthen your tooth enamel, lowering the risk of cavities. At Goshen Dentist, we offer fluoride treatment during dental cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride treatments are quick, safe, and painless and are recommended for both children and adults.
Dental Sealants: The molars and premolars have pits and crevices on their chewing surfaces, which can trap plaque and food particles, providing harmful oral bacteria the perfect environment to flourish. Dental sealants are thin coatings we paint on the chewing surfaces of these vulnerable teeth to smooth them out and form a protective barrier, significantly lowering the risk of tooth decay. Dental sealants not only benefit children but are often recommended for adults at risk of developing cavities.