Cleaning and Prevention

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Your Professional Dentists for Teeth Cleaning in New Prague, MN

Dental Cleaning and Prevention is an excellent way to keep your smile in great shape. Dental Cleaning and Exams also gives our team at Dental on First a chance to catch any potential issues while they’re still small. According to the American Dental Association, you should visit your dentist every six months for a routine checkup, usually involving a dental cleaning and exam. Click below to book an appointment now.

Dental Cleaning and Exams

While most patients visit us two times a year for a routine cleaning and examination, individuals with gum disease should visit us more often. At Dental on First, we will work with you to determine what type of dental cleaning and exam is most appropriate for your specific situation and how often you visit us to maintain optimum oral health.

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Dental Cleaning

Your dental cleaning appointment will consist of a dental care exam along with:

Dental Sealants

Grooves and Crevices are naturally present on the chewing surfaces of teeth. These grooves can, however, be a breeding ground for cavities and decay. We use dental sealants (plastic, clear coatings) to fill the crevices to prevent harmful bacteria and food debris from collecting inside them.

Fluoride Treatments

With teeth polishing and fluoride treatments, we can eliminate stains and plaque, which are not usually eliminated during enamel cleaning and scaling. Fluoride is a key player in strengthening and preserving tooth enamel. It is a naturally occurring mineral found in drinking water and most toothpaste, but sometimes, our teeth need an extra fluoride boost. After your cleaning is complete, our team can quickly brush on some fluoride, making a world of difference for your smile.

Elimination of plaque

Plaque is a sticky and almost invisible film that forms in your teeth, developing a colony of living bacteria, metal debris as well as saliva. These germs create toxins (poisons) that inflame the gum tissue, which is also the beginning of periodontal disease! But we’ll take care of it for you.

Elimination of calculus (tartar)

Calculus is a hardened plaque that securely connects to the tooth surface if left in the tooth. It forms above and underneath the gum line. But we can quickly eliminate it with special dental care tools.

Dental Exams

In an extensive dental care exam, we will conduct the following:

Assessment of tooth decay: We will examine all tooth areas for decay with special dental care tools.

Examination of present restorations: We’ll inspect current fillings, crowns, among others.

Oral cancer testing: In oral cancer testing, our team will check your face, throat, neck, mouth, tongue, tissues, and gum tissue for any indications of oral cancer.

Gum illness assessment: Our dental team will also inspect the gum tissue and bone tissue around your teeth for any indications of periodontal disease.

Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are an important preventive & diagnostic tool as they offer valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our dentists at Dental on First efficiently use this information to detect hidden dental abnormalities accurately and formulate the ideal treatment plan for you. Without Dental X-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental X-rays reveal:

  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Bone loss.
  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Problems inside your teeth or below the gum line.
  • Developmental abnormalities.

Detecting and treating dental problems early can save your teeth, of course. But it also saves you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort.

Why Are Dental X-Rays Important?

Dental X-rays allow our dentists to see between as well as inside your teeth. They are essential because they give our dental team the whole picture and help us see the condition of your teeth, jaw placement, roots, and facial bone composition. They will help our dental team find and treat dental problems before they become serious or advanced.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

Whether you need dental X-rays or not depends on your individual dental health needs. Our dentists at Dental on First will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your dental exam. They might also consider your medical and dental history, age consideration, symptoms, signs, and risk for disease.

We recommend a full mouth series of dental X-rays for our new patients as a full series will usually last for three to five years. Further, we take X-rays of top & bottom teeth biting together (Bite-wing X-rays) at recall (checkup) visits. And we usually recommend it once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Elimination of calculus (tartar)

Calculus is a hardened plaque that securely connects to the tooth surface if left in the tooth. It forms above and underneath the gum line. But we can quickly eliminate it with special dental care tools.

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Preventive Dentistry

Prevention helps avoid serious & costly dental problems. We believe this is key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile. Prevention also includes regular dental cleaning and exams and x-rays. Sealants, along with fluoride treatments, are also great preventive treatments that help protect your teeth.

Why is Preventive Dentistry Important?

When it comes to safeguarding your smile, preventive dentistry is pretty much the first line of defense. Preventive dentistry can save you from costlier, complex dental procedures down the road! You can maintain healthy teeth and gums and get any dental concerns treated while they’re still minor by taking a proactive approach to your oral health. Indulge in regular brushing and flossing, and remember to attend your biannual dental visits.

At Dental on First, we take the best-in-class approach to dentistry, meaning that we always keep your total-body wellness in mind, and we’ll never recommend a treatment that you don’t need. Our approach to dentistry places a significant emphasis on routine preventive care, and that’s why we aim to help patients enjoy a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles with minimal dental issues and treatments.

Advantages of Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry helps maintain the health of gums and teeth

It Helps prevents gum diseases and the occurrence of cavities

Reduces the chances of upcoming malalignment of teeth

Call for an appointment at Dental on First or come in for a consultation from the best and most trusted dentist in New Prague to learn more about dental cleaning & prevention.