Cleaning & Prevention

Preventive Care

familydentistryPreventative care is an integral part of our Brandon dental practice. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. A healthy mouth is an important component of your overall health and well being.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

We recommend regular professional teeth cleanings and dental exams at our Brandon, FL office every year. The frequency will depend on your personal oral health. Some need to visit the dentist once or twice a year and others may need more frequent care.

Oral hygiene visits along with proper home care can help prevent periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, loss of teeth, and increase the longevity to dental restorations. Our highly trained professional team provides oral hygiene care for the entire family including:

Professional teeth cleanings

  • Calculus removal – Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on your teeth for a while and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. It can form above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments. Calculus is also commonly referred to as tartar.
  • Plaque removal – Plaque is a nearly invisible sticky film that forms on your teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. These bacteria can harden into tartar, inflame your gums, and cause periodontal gum disease.
  • Teeth polishing – Polishing removes stains and plaque that are not otherwise removed during brushing and cleaning.

Complete and thorough exams

  • Digital diagnostic x-rays – used to detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss
  • Oral cancer screening – we’ll check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, gums, and tissues
  • Tooth decay – we’ll check the surface of your teeth for decay
  • Existing restorations – we’ll check all of your existing restorations

Proper brushing and flossing techniques are the fundamentals in ensuring great oral health. For optimum oral hygiene, your Brandon densits, Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice daily, but preferably after every meal, and flossing once a day. Flossing once a day helps prevent gum disease by removing food particles and plaque at and below the gum line as well as between teeth, areas your toothbrush cannot reach, and also stimulates your gums—decreasing your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

Educating our patients on effective oral hygiene, routine preventative visits, effects of nutrition, and thorough examinations allow us to proactively identify areas of concern and provide outstanding dental care.

If you have any questions about oral hygiene, teeth cleanings, or preventive care, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your Brandon dentist, Dr. Walker or Dr. Raynal, today at (813) 689-5928.