It’s absolutely true that restorative dentistry has come a long way. Today, we can craft a gorgeous permanent crown right here in our office while you wait. We can fit you with dental implants that are so natural in how they look, feel, and function, you may actually forget you have them. If you have a cavity, you no longer have to fill it with unsightly metal. Our custom porcelain tooth-colored fillings are strong, long lasting, and invisible against your enamel.
But something has not changed. And that is the importance of preventive dentistry. It saves you money. It saves you pain. It saves you hours spent at our office. (And we know you have better things to do.) It is the best way to keep your real teeth healthy and beautiful for the rest of your life.
Preventive dental care encompasses oral hygiene practices at home and visiting us at Smile Creations for professional cleanings and other services. You should come to our office at least every six months.
Is your next checkup in the books? If not, call our office in Neenah, WI at 920-243-4122.
Everyone Needs Professional Cleanings
You may do an excellent job brushing and flossing at home, but professional dental cleanings are still critical every six months. That’s because our skilled hygienists have the knowledge and specialized equipment to remove plaque and tartar that’s encrusted on your teeth and below your gumline. We can reach parts of your mouth that are impossible to get to with your toothbrush at home. And cleaning these areas is critical to preventing tooth decay and gum disease. We will follow up your cleaning with a thorough flossing and polishing with a special toothpaste. Your teeth will positively gleam!
If you have questions about brushing, flossing, or any aspect of your oral hygiene, our friendly team members will be happy to help you out.
Dental Exams Catch Problems Early
Dental problems don’t always announce themselves with pain or other symptoms. They can sneak up on you and begin doing their damage without you even realizing it. That is just one reason why regular exams are so important.
In general, the earlier a dental issue is caught, the easier and less invasive the treatment will be. At the very least, we will know to keep an eye on it. Dr. Eike will perform a thorough visual exam, looking for indications of gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems. He will check you for oral cancer. With our cutting-edge DIAGNOdent laser, we can detect even the smallest cavities non-invasively.
We may take digital X-rays. These enable us to see problems brewing below the surface, like abscesses, impacted teeth, cysts, tumors, and hidden decay. Digital X-rays expose you to much less radiation than conventional film. And they are transmitted instantly to our computer screen, where we can enlarge and sharpen them as needed and show you what’s happening in your mouth.
Tooth Brushing Is a Skill
Do you think of brushing your teeth as something to rush through to get on with the rest of your day? We get it. In the mornings, you may be hurrying to get out the door on time. At night, you may be utterly exhausting and eager to collapse into bed. But proper brushing is essential to keeping your smile healthy for life. And devoting a few minutes each day to oral hygiene is a small price to pay for that outcome.
- You should always brush at least twice per day for two minutes at a time.
- Treat your enamel gently. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and light pressure. Never scrub hard, which can wear down your teeth and cause gums to recede.
- Hold the toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle to the gumline and reach all surfaces of the teeth — including the backs!
- Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
- Brush with short back-and-forth or circular motions.
- Give your tongue a brush too. It can harbor bacteria that cause decay and bad breath.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly — every six months or when the bristles become frayed.
In addition to your twice-daily brushing, you should floss at least once per day. Many people like to do it at night to get rid of any food stuck in the teeth, but time of day matters less than just finding time to do it. In addition to dislodging food, flossing cleans bacteria and plaque from your tooth enamel. Watch this video from the ADA for a demonstration of proper technique.