Preventive Dental Hygiene
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
Attending regular dental checkups and cleanings and following a good oral hygiene routine every day at home are the foundation of preventive dental hygiene. These practices help you prevent dental problems from developing in the first place.
Dr. Santana and Dr. Barbon take a "prevention first" approach. They will provide you with the personalized hygiene and preventive care you need, as well as guidance for proper at-home care, to help keep your teeth and gums healthy long term.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We can help prevent oral health issues from developing in the first place with professional dental checkups and cleanings, and personalized guidance for your at-home oral care routine.
Routine Exams & Cleanings
Routine examinations give your dentist regular opportunities to identify any developing dental problems and make a plan to treat them.
During the exam, your dentist carefully examine your teeth, gums and bite. Exams may also include dental x-rays and other diagnostic procedures as needed.
During the appointment, your dental hygienist will perform a professional deep cleaning of your teeth. They will use instruments called scalers to remove any tartar and plaque build-up from the surface of your teeth and along your gums. They will finish off the cleaning by flossing and polishing your teeth.
The dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment for patients at a high risk of tooth decay.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.
Preventive Care at Home
To maintain your oral health between appointments, you should keep a consistent oral hygiene routine. This should include brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing once a day, ideally before going to bed at night.
We also recommend that you rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and after each meal if you are unable to brush.
During your routine appointments with us, your dentist and hygienist will provide you with advice and guidance on taking care of your teeth at home.