To protect your teeth from decay and severe cavities, we recommend participating in preventative dentistry treatments at home and in the dental office. At North Auburn Dentistry of Auburn, California, we offer preventative dental treatments bi-annually in our office.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for a total of 2 minutes each session. It is also recommended that you use fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. We encourage each patient to follow these recommendations daily. At your dental check up, we give tips on how to better practice at-home dental care. We recommend seeing the dentist for the following treatments:
It is standard that each patient comes in for a professional dental cleaning every 6 months. At each cleaning, our dental professionals use high-powered dental instruments to remove plaque build-up and food from teeth, which makes teeth cleaner, whiter, and smoother. Following the removal of plaque, we will perform deep flossing to remove any food between teeth.
Examination by Dentist:
Following the cleaning, the dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays to make sure your teeth are in optimal condition. Only a trained dental professional can diagnose and treat decay in a tooth.
Another preventative treatment we offer is dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of back molars. Our back teeth in the chewing surfaces have deep pits and fissures that are likely to store food and bacteria. Especially for children, these back teeth can be difficult to clean. With a professional sealing treatment, a liquid sealant material is placed into the pits and fissures and hardened with a curing light. Once hardened, the dental sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the tooth from cavities.
At the end of each professional cleaning, patients have the opportunity to receive a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that is put into dental products or treatments to strengthen the enamel of the tooth to fight against decay. Fluoride varnish is painted onto each surface of the teeth and left on for a few hours. While the fluoride varnish is on the teeth, patients can eat and drink like normal.
We recommend that our patients purchase at-home dental products that contain fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouthwashes, for additional protection against decay.
Maintain your Smiles Health
Taking advantage of each preventative treatment available will greatly improve the overall health of your smile and save you money on extensive restorative procedures in the future. If you are in Auburn, California, and you’re ready for your next professional dental cleaning, please call us at North Auburn Dentistry. We are currently accepting new patients into our office and would love to treat you.