Cleaning & Prevention

Preventive Care

familydentistryPreventive 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 also 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 in our office every year. The frequency will depend on your personal oral health. Some need to visit the dentist once or twice a year, while others may need more frequent care.

Oral hygiene visits along with proper at-home care can help prevent periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, loss of teeth, and extend the life of 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 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 the condition of all of your existing restorations

Proper brushing and flossing techniques are fundamental in ensuring great oral health. For optimal oral hygiene, your Brandon dentists. Dr. Walker and Dr. Barr recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice daily–in an ideal world, after every meal–and floss 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 in areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing also stimulates your gums, decreasing your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

Educating our patients about effective oral hygiene, routine preventive 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 dentists, Dr. Walker or Dr. Barr, today at (813) 689-5928.