Dental Hygiene

Northwest Dental offers quick and easy dental cleanings that can work with any schedule. Call a clinic near you. We would love to schedule a professional dental cleaning for you today!

At NW Dental, we understand that every individual has specific needs that are different from each other. This is why we encourage our patients to speak with us during their examination regarding their dental care. Cleaning and prevention are important in order to have a healthy smile, and our doctors believe that every smile requires customized attention and instructions. For instance, a patient with periodontal disease will require different care than a patient without this concern.

When a patient gets a full examination from our doctors, they will also receive suggestions as to what they should use for their oral care routine in order to keep their mouth healthy. Your medical history and dental concerns will be discussed in order to determine the best toothbrush, toothpaste, and oral products to help you follow an effective dental care regimen.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is the most important tool in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Without proper cleanings, plaque and bacteria can build up on the teeth causing irritation and discomfort. If bacteria are present, infection can soon follow. Always brush at least twice a day, preferably after every meal. Brush your teeth using circular motions over the entire surface of each tooth for a total of at least two minutes. The goal is to remove as much plaque from the teeth as possible. Once you have thoroughly brushed your teeth it is time to floss. Flossing can be done using dental floss, dental pick or “flosser”. Gently pull the floss up and around the tooth vertically between the teeth into the gum. Complete this in between all teeth. If you feel any discomfort or too much resistance, gently pull the floss from the gums. After you have finished flossing, rinse with a cleansing mouthwash for at least thirty seconds.

It is advised that patients get at least two professional dental cleanings a year to help prevent periodontal disease, tooth loss and decay. When you arrive at the office for your cleaning your hygienist will remove as much plaque and tartar build up on the teeth as possible. When this is removed, he or she will then brush the teeth using a rotating head toothbrush with fine grit toothpaste. This is to completely polish your teeth and to remove any bacteria and plaque. The next step is to floss out the leftover fine grit toothpaste. Sometimes as directed by your dentist, you may do a fluoride treatment. This is not always necessary and is up to your dentist’s discretion. It is a good idea to schedule your next dental cleaning, so that you can stay on top of great oral hygiene.

As you get older you are at an increased risk for periodontal disease or gum disease. As many as 75% of all adults aged 35 and over have problems with cavities and/or mild gum disease. Symptoms of periodontal disease are: red gums, bad breath, gum swelling, bleeding and tooth loss. If you think you may present these symptoms, make an appointment with NW dental for a dental consultation and dental cleaning. With proper care, effects of gum disease can be reversed or better managed.

Give Northwest Dental a call today to set a dental cleaning appointment! Regular six moth cleanings are an important way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Call us today!