Cleaning & Prevention
At Total Dental Care in Guntersville, AL, we believe prevention and early detection are the keys to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. A good home routine, plus regular in-office teeth cleanings and exams, can help prevent many expensive dental treatments.
Prevention starts with controlling plaque – a colorless bacteria that sticks to the surface of your teeth, and tartar – a harder mineral deposit. Both of these are the leading causes of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Regular In-office Teeth Cleanings
Regular teeth cleanings, performed by our registered dental hygienists, are a crucial part of preventive dental care. By removing plaque and tartar, your oral health is enhanced and your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease are minimized.
Your dental hygienist will utilize manual instructors to remove moderate plaque and tartar buildup, or an ultrasonic device to scale away heavier buildup. The cleaning is finished with polishing, a pleasant procedure that cleans the surface of teeth, removes stains, and leaves the mouth feeling clean and refreshed.
Brushing & flossing at home
Both Dr. Harper and Dr. George believe that by maintaining a proper home routine for dental hygiene, you can prevent most oral disease and tooth decay.
Daily plaque buildup can be easily removed by mechanical brushing. Deposits tend to build up on the teeth fairly quickly after eating or drinking. If these deposits are not brushed away at least twice daily, they can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. One day of not brushing can lead to a bacteria build up that is enough to make your mouth susceptible to disease.
Flossing every day is an effective way to clean the spots on your teeth that brushing can’t reach. To properly floss, take 18” of dental floss, wrap it around the middle finger of each hand, and pinch it between your thumb and index finger. Pull the floss taut and slide it gently between each tooth and under the gum line. Slide the floss up and down the side of each tooth to remove plaque buildup. Always use a clean section of floss between each tooth.
Not only do mouth rinses help fight bad breath, it also helps remove loose food particles after brushing. Mouth rinses should never be used as a substitute for brushing, flossing or regular dental exams.
If you have any questions, ask one of our dentist or your hygienists.