Teeth require consistent daily care to stay in good health. Brushing and flossing are necessary to keep the plaque which constantly builds in your mouth from hardening into tartar. But personal dental hygiene alone can’t reliably keep teeth in their best shape. To maintain excellent dental health, you need to have regular dental exams and cleanings which will keep your teeth healthy and free of defects.
Thorough cleaning and polishing
However good your brushing technique, it is possible to miss small, difficult-to-reach areas of your teeth. Dr. Weyneth can see what you miss, and clean those areas of your mouth which you have overlooked. It is especially important to address any tartar that may have accumulated on your teeth, as this is too hard to be removed by brushing and can only be addressed in the dentist’s chair. After a thorough cleaning and polishing to remove plaque and tartar, your teeth will be at their brightest.
Treatment with fluoride
The bacteria that reside in your mouth are constantly absorbing fluoride and other minerals from your dental enamel. This allows them to form durable tartar—and also weakens your teeth. To stay healthy, teeth need a constant source of minerals to replenish themselves. While your diet provides many of these minerals, fluoride in particular tends to vanish over time. In order to keep your dental enamel strong, we offer fluoride treatment to replenish the stores that are lost. Regular professional fluoride treatment, in combination with a healthy diet and regular use of fluoride toothpaste, helps guard your teeth against decay and keeps them bright and strong.
Diagnosing unseen decay
Every cavity begins with damage too small and subtle to see. To keep bacteria from getting a foothold on your mouth, Dr. Weyneth uses a DIAGNOdent pen to detect the early stages of tooth decay and gum disease. The DIAGNOdent pen—a small, handheld laser imaging device—is more sensitive than the human eye, and can detect invisible decay to allow for the earliest possible treatment.
Prompt, regular dental exams are key to keeping your teeth at optimal health. If you are due for an appointment, you can schedule one with us by phone or online. Don’t wait; the sooner we see you, the easier it will be to get you the cleaning and treatment you need.