Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure." Good oral hygiene combined with regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best ways to maintain oral health and prevent dental disease.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is very important for the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the rest of your body. Poor oral hygiene can result in a number of health problems like bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Dental infections and gum disease can also have harmful effects on your body and can even increase your risk for serious health problems like heart disease. In addition to the recommended brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily, we recommend periodic professional cleanings and dental exams to maintain a healthy mouth.
Dental exams are an essential part of preventive dental care. During a dental exam, Dr. Seger examines your teeth, gums and oral soft tissues. He reviews his findings with you and discusses the possible causes and various ways that the problem can be corrected. There are often many different ways to correct a problem, and Dr. Seger will help you find the solution that is best for you.
Another benefit of regular dental exams is the ability to identify problems before they happen, or when they are very small and easily corrected. With early identification and intervention, we can avoid many of the more costly and complex dental problems.
No matter how well you brush and floss, professional dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienist uses specialized dental instruments to get in the tiny spaces between your teeth and gently clear away plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can’t reach. If we don’t routinely remove this debris, it attracts bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
For many patients, a professional cleaning every six months is adequate to maintain oral health. However, others may require a more frequent cleaning interval to stay healthy. Your dental hygienist and Dr. Seger will help determine what is best your you.
After your cleaning, your hygienist will also be happy to show you proper brushing and flossing techniques to make sure you’re getting the most out of your efforts at home.
Affordable, Accessible Care
Most dental insurances cover the cost of preventive dental treatments like cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays for you and your children. If you’re uninsured, we offer a dental membership plan called Care Club that includes two free cleanings and exams per year and fluoride treatments for your children. The plan also includes discounts on dental work, so please ask one of our team members for details or visit our financial page for more information.
If you have trouble fitting dental visits into your work schedule, we are open on Thursday evenings until 8 PM so you can schedule convenient appointments.
Please call The Dental Health Center so we can get started!