Dr. Robertson’s main priority is keeping your smile monumental. Your smile is not only the first thing people see, but also is the gateway to the rest of your body. Having a healthy mouth is paramount for overall vitality and health. Therefore, our office provides the most extensive teeth cleaning & exams available.
Professional X-rays will provide a visual blueprint of any existing tooth decay, plaque and gum disease. The dentist will visit you to discuss treatment for any problems that he may have seen in the X-rays. He will look inside your mouth and touch any teeth that are causing a problem for you. He will show you the X-ray and offer possible solutions for the issue. Some solutions that he may recommend for cavities are fillings, crowns, extractions, or root canals. The course of treatment the dentist recommends depends on the amount of decay. He will try his best to salvage your tooth.
The dentist and hygienist will review the X-rays and do a thorough examination for possible periodontal disease, cancer, or other problems. They will determine the amount of cleaning that you will need and help you schedule your “cleaning” appointment for your next visit. If you have been keeping your regular bi-annual visits, then you may only need minimal cleaning. If it has been some time since your last visit, then you may need a deep cleaning.
Teeth cleaning begins with a scaler. The hygienist uses this tool to scrape tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth. Additionally, this person will use the scaler to remove coffee and cigarette stains from the surface of your teeth. If you have plaque in the pockets of the gums, the hygienist will use the scaler to withdraw the bacterial deposits from your gums.
The cleaning procedure for routine care and maintenance can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour depending on the level of buildup. The hygienist may use water or air to flush or extract the plaque while he or she is performing the procedure. Next, your hygienist will floss between your teeth. Flossing is a procedure that you should perform at least once per day to remove food particles and bacteria. Flossing once in the morning and once before bed is ideal.
Finally, the hygienist will apply polish to your teeth to make them vibrant and white. She will place the polish on your teeth with a tool that moves around in circles and evenly distributes the material. After the hygienist is finished with the cleaning, he or she will give you a new toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
Dr. Robertson is dedicated to trying to help you keep your smile beautiful. He will always help you choose a dental care Springfield Oregon treatment that best keeps the teeth intact. You can help to maintain your beautiful smile by visiting every six months and making vigorous cleaning efforts when you are away from the office. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, and floss at least once. Drink approximately eight glasses of water daily to keep yourself hydrated. Healthy saliva helps to keep bacteria down to a minimum. Finally, you can help to preserve your teeth by reducing sugar intake.