Fairfield, OH Teeth Cleaning
Cleanings & Check-Ups
People who practice excellent oral hygiene and those who never get a cavity still need to see a dentist. The frequency of visits depends on how meticulously you brush and floss, and your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you get lots of cavities and you fail to brush and floss daily, you may need to see your Fairfield, OH dentist more than twice a year.
Regular visits and checkups make sure that your mouth is in tip-top shape and that hidden problems are treated as early as possible. You can expect a complete mouth exam, oral cancer screening, teeth cleaning, and cavity prevention (if needed) during your visit.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning prevents tooth decay and gum disease by bringing the number of bacteria in your mouth down. First, Dr. Dine will check your mouth for cavities and other problems. Next, he will use Ultrasonics to clean your teeth – it is gentler, quicker and does a better job than traditional plaque removing tools – which will remove tartar (hardened plaque) and bacteria from your teeth.
Your teeth are then polished with a gritty paste and a rubber-tipped brush. Most people don’t experience discomfort during professional teeth cleaning, but nitrous oxide (Laughing Gas) can be used to relieve any discomfort or if you are very anxious.
Checkups and Exams
After cleaning, your dentist in Fairfield will check your mouth again to make sure that no spot was missed. Dr. Dine will also tell you if there are problems and how they can be treated. This is an opportunity to discuss your concerns and tell your dentist if you want to improve your smile.
The Importance of Fluoride
Fluoride is very important. Fluoride works topically, in other words, it works when it’s in contact with the teeth. Fluoride in the water is okay but it doesn’t really stay on the teeth very long so you have to do fluoride treatments. In our office, we do a fluoride rinse at everyone’s cleaning appointment.
On some patients, who are on high risk for tooth decay, we do what’s called fluoride varnish, which is a more powerful fluoride. And I also recommend that everyone use ACT, anti-cavity rinse, at home twice a day. Last thing before you go to bed at night, first thing before in the morning or after breakfast. Fluoride is very important to restore the enamel on your teeth and make it stronger.