Maintaining proper dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your smile. Healthy teeth not only make you look and feel good, but they also make it possible to eat and speak without issue. At Downtown Dental Care, we are dedicated to helping you maintain excellent dental hygiene.
What is Good Oral Hygiene?
Daily preventive care can help stop oral health issues before they develop into much more painful, alarming, and costly conditions. During your appointment, Dr. Christianson can teach you proper techniques, and identify areas that may require special attention.
Good oral hygiene will result in a fresh breath, teeth that are clean and free of debris, and gums that are pink and healthy. In between your regular visits, Dr. Christianson suggests you:
These basic principles will decrease your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral problems. If you experience pain or bleeding while brushing or flossing, be sure to schedule a visit as soon as possible. Untreated decay and gum disease could lead to severe damage and tooth loss.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
Unfortunately, daily preventative care may not be enough to keep your mouth healthy. To maintain optimal oral health, the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests you schedule dental visits at regular intervals. In general, most patients only need to visit our office twice a year. Most visits consist of a dental exam and professional cleaning. During your exam, you can expect us to:
During the examine, be sure to ask questions, and voice any concerns you may have about your oral health. We may also ask you about other health problems or medications that might be affecting your oral health. For example, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary disease have all been linked to gum disease. If you have any prosthetic replacements, Dr. Christianson will examine how well they fit and discuss the need for adjustments.
During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and minor stains from the surfaces of your teeth. If we notice signs of tooth decay or gum disease, we will discuss options for restorative treatment. Having your teeth cleaned professionally offers some benefits. Some of which include:
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are interested in maintaining proper dental hygiene, call (503) 420-7600, and schedule an appointment today!