Preventive Dental Hygiene
Your Key to Optimal Oral Health
Oral health is an integral part of your overall health and well-being. Many dental diseases are preventable with routine care, but they can be difficult to see by just looking in the mirror while you're brushing your teeth.
Regular oral exams, ideally twice a year, give your dentist the chance to identify any oral health issues and make a plan to treat them.
Routine checkups involve examination of your teeth, gums, and mouth and may include X-rays if necessary. Afterwards, we will discuss your oral care plan, based strictly on the specific requirements of your unique smile.
This proactive approach ensures that any oral health problems you may experience are addressed promptly and effectively.
Oral Cancer Screening
During an oral cancer screening, your dentist examines the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat for any signs of abnormalities or potential cancerous growths. They may use advanced tools, such as special dyes or lights, to get a closer look at the tissues. They may also feel the neck and jaw for any lumps or swellings.
If your dentist finds any suspicious areas, further diagnostic tests, such as biopsies, may be recommended.
Meet Dr. Reem Atout
LifeSmiles Dental clients have access to our periodontist, Dr. Reem Atout. Dr. Atout works in collaboration with our dental hygiene staff to provide gum therapy services for patients with varying stages of gum disease. Dr. Atout helps our patients receive oral health care that addresses both their immediate needs and long-term oral health goals.Meet Dr. Atout
During your appointment, your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to prevent and treat disease.
To do this, your hygienist will thoroughly remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth using specialized tools, such as a scaler. They will also polish your teeth to remove surface stains and can provide personalized advice on maintaining good oral hygiene practices.
If you or your child have a high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help rebuild your tooth enamel to prevent or reverse tooth decay.
It can help strengthen the enamel to make it more resistant to attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.
Dental Hygiene FAQs
If you have questions about your oral health, we're here to help. We believe education about the importance of dental hygiene is crucial to creating a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
Read through the most frequently asked questions our patients have about dental hygiene below.
What is good oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene refers to the practice of keeping the mouth clean and free from dental diseases. It involves regular brushing and flossing of teeth, along with routine visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings.
What are the benefits of good oral hygiene?
Good oral hygiene offers numerous benefits for overall health and well-being. Firstly, it can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, reducing the risk of painful dental problems and costly treatments. Additionally, maintaining good oral health can promote fresh breath, boost self-confidence, and contribute to a healthier smile.
How often should I brush and floss?
You should brush your teeth twice a day for around two minutes each time and floss your teeth at least once a day to help maintain a healthy smile in between dental appointments.
Can diet affect my teeth?
Yes, it can. Eating excessive amounts of sugary or acidic foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay and erosion. Additionally, a lack of essential nutrients in your diet can weaken your teeth and make them more susceptible to damage.
What should I do if I have other questions?
Having questions about a dental procedure or appointment is completely normal. At LifeSmiles Dental, we believe in transparency and education. If your question isn't answered on this page, don't hesitate to contact one of our clinics. We're always happy to help!