Cleanings & Dental Hygiene

Did you know that you can increase your chances of enjoying a lifetime of great dental health? The most powerful weapon we have against oral health problems is prevention. It is so basic, and something you’ve heard a hundred times – brush, floss, visit the dentist regularly, and follow a healthy diet. Sounds easy, right? While no one can guarantee that you won’t ever have a problem, the odds of enjoying excellent dental health increase dramatically when you follow this simple routine.

The team of professionals at our Dillon dental office has committed themselves to getting the education and training necessary to detect problems before they become serious. Proper oral hygiene, combined with our experience and expertise, are the building blocks that will help you enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health.

Oral Hygiene

Regular at-home oral hygiene is one of the keys to protecting your dental health. As you go through your day, a filmy residue called plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque is a combination of bacteria and sugars that can eat away at healthy tooth enamel if not removed.

Brushing at least twice a day is very important because it helps reduce plaque buildup. But no matter how often or how well you brush, you cannot reach all the little spaces between your teeth where plaque hides. If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, it turns into a hard substance called tartar that can only be removed by a dental hygienist.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings with our professional hygienist take your personal oral hygiene routine to the next level. During a dental cleaning, our trained hygienist carefully clears away plaque and tartar from your teeth. It is extremely important to remove this buildup because tartar eventually hardens on your teeth, allowing bacteria to damage healthy tooth structure.

These bacteria can eventually lead to gum disease, an infection that has devastating effects on oral health. Avoiding gum disease is crucial because we now know that it can affect your overall health and well-being as well as your oral health. Studies show that chronic infections of the mouth increase your risk of developing serious health problems like heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and stroke. We have a much greater chance of eliminating the dangers of gum disease with early detection and regular professional dental cleanings.

As part of every dental cleaning, our hygienist will carefully examine your teeth to look for signs of other problems that may be developing. When caught early, we can treat these concerns before they become serious and difficult to treat.

Call Today for a Consultation

We are committed to working with our patients to protect their oral health. We would love for you to visit us to find out how we can help you achieve the goal of a smile that is healthy and beautiful. Please contact our Dillon dental office so we can arrange a consultation at your convenience.

 

Periodontal Disease Informational Links:

United States Center For Disease Control

National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research Pamphlet

National Institutes of Health (Senior Specific)

National Institutes of Health Periodontal Disease