Preventive dentistry is essential to your oral and overall health. When used in conjunction with good at-home brushing and flossing habits, regular cleanings and oral exams can help keep your smile beautiful and free from decay. During routine exams at Burke Dental Group, we’ll be able to monitor your oral health and address any minor concerns before they become larger issues.
We will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. Using specialized tools, we’ll gently remove any plaque and tartar buildup, and floss between your teeth in all of those hard-to-reach areas. We’ll round out your cleaning by polishing your teeth, and applying fluoride if necessary, leaving your smile refreshed and revitalized.
Your oral health is more than just what’s on the surface. X-rays allow us to see more than what we can with our eyes alone, for more accurate diagnoses and treatment planning. So if you’re new to our office, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had them taken, x-rays may be a part of your preventive visit.
In addition to reviewing your x-rays, your dentist will also perform an in-depth visual inspection of your teeth and gums. If there are any noticeable issues, your dentist will discuss them with you, and provide treatment options to help guide your next steps. We prioritize patient education so you can make the decision that’s best for you and your smile.
Whether you’re simply scheduling a regular cleaning or a follow-up appointment for additional treatment, our team is here for you! We take the time to educate you and answer any questions you may have about your treatment, insurance, financing, or anything else that comes to mind, so every visit is streamlined and stress-free.
Brushing is an integral part of keeping up with your oral health, and proper technique makes it even more effective. We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Be sure to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and, using small, circular strokes, clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth, spending about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Use an ADA-approved toothpaste that is rich in fluoride, and replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin fraying or looking worn.
Daily flossing is just as essential as daily brushing when it comes to keeping up with your oral health. Flossing is easy once you know the proper technique, and can dislodge plaque, bacteria, and food particles that you can’t reach with a toothbrush alone, and is the best way to keep gum disease at bay.
To properly floss, gather about 24 inches of dental floss, and wind most of it around an index or middle finger. Wrap the remaining few inches around the index finger of your other hand, keeping about 1-inch of floss taut between your hands. Gently glide the floss between your teeth, being careful not to force it, as it can slip and damage your gums. If you’re having trouble getting the floss between your teeth, try a gentle side-to-side rocking motion instead. Once the floss is between your teeth, follow the c-shaped curve of the tooth and slide it into the gum line, and repeat for both sides of every tooth. Also, be sure to wind a new 1-inch section of floss between teeth to help prevent the spread of bacteria.
Prophylactic cleanings, also called preventive or “regular” cleanings, are performed during your routine dental appointments. They should be scheduled every 6 months, and are essential in helping to prevent decay, gum disease, and to keep your breath fresh. During these cleanings, we’ll remove any plaque, tartar, or bacterial buildup and floss between your teeth to ensure your continued oral health.
Periodontal cleanings, sometimes referred to as “deep cleanings,” are for patients with periodontal, or gum, disease. These cleaning sessions are more thorough, and are aimed at halting the progression of gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup from between your teeth and below the gum line. They may also carefully smooth out the roots of your teeth, to eliminate pockets that trap bacteria and allow gum disease to flourish.
Most dental insurance policies fully cover routine preventive care like cleanings, exams, and x-rays. However, some plans may only partially cover preventive dental care. Certain policies may even cover optional treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments. The best way to find out what your plan covers is to review your policy or get in touch with your provider for specific details. Or, you can give us a call today to speak with one of our friendly team members to see how we can help you maximize your benefits.