Your smile is meant to last a lifetime, but it doesn’t take care of itself. Just like your car requires regular maintenance and oil changes to keep running well, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your smile keeps shining bright. These are the most important steps you can take for optimal oral health:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day
- Eat a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables
- Avoid sugary foods, particularly between meals
- Visit Dr. Stearns for regular hygiene visits at least twice a yea
A hygiene visit is commonly referred to as a checkup. It’s essential to take good care of your teeth throughout the year, but during your regular hygiene visits we provide services that cannot be duplicated at home.
A major function of your hygiene visit is preventative care. Preventing common dental infections such as tooth decay and gum disease will save you time, money, and ensure the longevity of your smile. That’s why a thorough professional cleaning is a key part of your hygiene visit.
Our hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. This is crucial because the bacteria that cause decay and gum disease grow by consuming plaque and tartar.
Once your teeth are nice and clean, we’ll polish them. In addition to making your smile look fantastic, this will also make it more difficult for dangerous bacteria to penetrate the surface of your teeth and cause decay.
Your hygiene visit will include a complete examination by Dr. Stearns. He’ll review your x-rays and inspect your teeth, gums, jaws, neck, and head. During your examination, Dr. Stearns is on the lookout for signs of possible dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, tumors, or impacted teeth.
For younger patients, Dr. Stearns will make sure their teeth are growing in properly. We also counsel all of our patients, especially the younger ones, about the importance of effective oral hygiene to protect your smile.
Another essential part of your visit is a complete screening for oral cancer. Almost 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Early detection is crucial for effectively treating this devastating disease.
Laser Dentistry: This advanced technology allows Dr. Stearns to pinpoint and remove problem areas that are the source of various diseases. For example, dead tissue from decay can be removed without scarring, little bleeding, and without cutting.
Your hygiene visit will leave your smile looking good and freshen your breath. Cal today to schedule your next appointment.