During your appointment, a dental hygienist from Cascadia Dental Specialists will begin to help you understand your home care including teaching you the proper way to floss and brush. She will take the time to make sure your teeth are cleaned and polished.
To stay on top of any oral health issues, your dentist may request an X-ray. A heavy apron will shield your body, and your dentist will instruct you to bite down on a piece of plastic. This aligns the teeth and prepares them for the X-ray.
If you are particularly prone to infections, you may need antibiotics before undergoing dental work. This is particularly the case for patients who:
It’s possible your dentist may want to have a sealant put on the surface of your back teeth. This separates tooth surface from bacteria when you’re eating, protecting your teeth from plaque and cavities.
Depending on the current condition of your teeth, the hygienist may ask you to floss for them. This is so the hygienist can teach you proper technique to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. They may also advise you about the foods you eat and other ways you can improve your oral health.
The best way to prepare to see the dentist is to maintain a great oral health regimen year-round. Your oral health should include:
Your toothbrush should have soft, round-end bristles and should be small enough to reach all of the areas of your mouth. If you use an electric toothbrush, look for the ones that have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
Your toothpaste should contain fluoride, which can control tartar on the teeth. Make sure you brush all of your teeth and your tongue.
If you’re unsure about your oral health routine, bring it up during your appointment at Cascadia Dental Specialists. They’ll be happy to advise you.
It’s recommended that you see the dentist at least twice a year for cleaning and to check in on your oral health. During this time, it’s important to bring up any dental problems you may be experiencing. This will allow your provider to diagnose those problems and begin treatment right away.
Contact Cascadia Dental Specialists to set up a teeth cleaning appointment today.
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