Your teeth are one of the strongest parts of your body, so they should receive special care and attention. Even though you may brush and floss your teeth every day, there is still more that can be done to ensure long-term health. At Personal Care Dentistry, we recommend bi-yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and dental education. This will help you avoid the expensive dental procedures that become necessary when we don’t take care of our teeth. If you are in the Roseville, Minnesota area, we invite you to come in for a check up today.
What Can I Expect at a Bi-Yearly Visit to the Dentist?
At a bi-yearly visit to the dentist office, you can expect a deep, professional cleaning of your teeth. Our hygienist team has been specially trained to care for each individual’s needs. If you know of any special accommodations that you or a loved one would benefit from, do not hesitate to let us know. Your comfort and safety in our office is our number one priority.
To begin each professional cleaning service, the hygienist will start with an oral exam. At every visit, the hygienist will check for decay, cavities, or any sign of infection. Then, at least once a year, x-rays will be taken to check for alignment or overcrowding issues. Once everything has been identified as healthy, the deep cleaning will begin.
The hygienist will use a scaler, a dental tool that looks like a metal hook, to remove all plaque and tartar along your gum line. When plaque builds up in the pits and fissures of our teeth, it can lead to cavities if not removed. This process is especially important for the back molars, which can be hard to reach for a lot of patients. Practicing good oral hygiene will help limit the amount of plaque on your teeth.
A high powered polishing will then be performed. The electric brush is used to polish the enamel of your teeth. This should not cause any paint, but rather feel like someone is brushing your teeth. After the cleaning, a professional flossing will be given to you. We understand it can be hard to floss all the way to the back molars, but it can be the difference between getting a cavity or not.
Each patient will have the option for fluoride. Fluoride is a white, sticky substance that is painted onto the enamel of your teeth. Fluoride acts as a protectant on your teeth. It makes them stronger and fights against bacteria and plaque, helping reduce cavities in your mouth.
Each cleaning comes with dental education on how you can improve your dental hygiene at home. The more oral issues that can be prevented, the better off you will be. Some general advice that all patients can follow are to brush and floss twice a day, to never open packaging with your teeth, and avoid hard candy.
At Personal Dental Care, we offer our preventative dental services to all residents of Roseville, Minnesota, and to those in the surrounding areas. We care for all of our patients and want to help them maintain a healthy smile. If you have any questions about preventative dentistry, give us a call today! We can’t wait to have you in our office!