Good oral hygiene is characterized by three factors: teeth that are healthy and clean, gums that are pink and pain-free, and fresh breath. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your mouth. Healthy teeth and gums make it possible for you to eat and speak properly.
There are a few simple guidelines to follow if you want to maintain good oral hygiene:
Even with excellent daily care, all patients need the help of a dental professional. At Caldera Dental Group, we are dedicated to keeping your oral hygiene in pristine condition. Whether you are in need of preventive or restorative care, Caldera Dental Group is here to help!
Regular checkups are a vital part of your oral and overall health. During your checkup, Dr. Primley will perform a physical exam to look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. We may also perform an oral cancer screen, as well as a check of your head, neck, and lymph nodes. Any abnormalities could be a sign of serious health condition. The sooner we catch it, the sooner we can get your life back on track.
Checkups also include a professional cleaning. During your cleaning, our dental hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth. Your teeth will also be polished to remove minor stains and improve their sheen.
Children will receive a fluoride treatment to strengthen their enamel and even reverse instances of minor decay. We will also be able to monitor the development of their permanent teeth and diagnose any potential problems. Corrective treatment can be more effective when problems are addressed in the early stages of development.
Unfortunately, some patients are more likely to have dental hygiene problems, despite preventive care. In fact, most patients will need to receive some restorative treatment within their lifetime.
Gum disease and tooth decay are two of the most common problems that require restorative treatment. When the bacteria found in plaque is left unchecked, it can have serious consequences for your teeth and gums. In both cases, you may end up losing a tooth. Luckily, there are many ways to combat these issues.
Fillings, dental crowns, and root canal therapy are all effective ways to stop decay and protect your tooth. Gum disease can be revisable if caught in the earliest stages. If the disease progresses, we can perform a scaling and root planing procedure.
When a tooth needs to be replaced, we can perform an extraction, and provide a replacement. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, patients today have many options for tooth replacement. If you are in need of a replacement, Dr. Primley will discuss with you the best course of action.
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If you would like to improve your dental hygiene, schedule an appointment today by calling (541) 604-2900!