Preventative Dental Care
Preventative dental care is an important part of any daily routine. Keep your teeth strong, healthy, and pearly white by flossing, brushing regularly, and seeing your dentist on regular intervals. Proper preventative care can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. However, improper way to brush teeth can damage your teeth and gum. If you notice teeth sensitivity or gum recession, you may brush too hard. Dr. Chi will teach you how to brush and find the right dental hygiene products for you. You need to understand why you get cavity. Unless you understand the science behind it, you would get more cavities even though you brush hard twice a day.
The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene
Simply brushing and flossing daily as part of your preventative dental care routine isn’t enough. It is still important to see a dentist at least every 6 months. However, improper way to brush teeth can damage your teeth and gum.
Dental Exams Every 6 Months
The ADA American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist every six months. During your visit to Alki Family Dental, Dr. Chi will evaluate the health of your mouth. This includes a check of:
- soft tissues
- jaw joints
- existing dental work.
- head and neck.
Between check-ups it is possible to develop many problems such as;
Dr. Chi knows that finding problems early is means he can usually offer effective, minimally or non-invasive treatment options.
Missing a checkup allows dental problems to grow more serious, which usually means more expensive, invasive, and/or complex treatments are required to restore oral health.
Dental Cleanings & what to expect
At your dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. She will also measure the depths of periodontal pockets 1 at your gum lines. If pockets extend deeper than 3mm, a deep cleaning may be required. Pockets of this or greater depth can indicate the presence of gum disease. If you don’t have periodontal pockets, a regular dental cleaning will be sufficient. You’ll leave this appointment with smooth, clean teeth.
If you have questions about home-care products, flossing, or brushing, ask your hygienist for guidance. She’ll gladly help you!
1. Periodontal pockets can lead to tooth loss. The bacteria in your mouth forms a sticky film which, if not removed, hardens and becomes tartar. This tartar can’t be removed by brushing and requires a dentist to remove it. Ultimately, the toxins from this bacteria continue to form on the tartar and can cause inflammation in your gum tissue, creating a condition referred to as gingivitis. inflammation and swelling due to plaque and tartar can result in pocket formation between the gums and the teeth