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Routine dental cleanings are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a dental hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach.
Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. By completing twice yearly checkups, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.
Fluoride can help repair an early cavity, even before it has become visible in the mouth, by rebuilding the enamel layer of the tooth. Fluoride is also helpful in older adults, to help solve the problem of cavities in the tooth root or root sensitivity.
Sealants are a clear plastic resin coating, like nail polish, that forms a physical barrier to oxygen. Sealants “starve” the bacteria that cause tooth decay. We apply sealants on the back teeth where pits and grooves typically form. This painless treatment helps prevent cavities and can last for years.