Preventive Dental Care in Elk Grove & Laguna
Preventive dental care begins with you. Protecting your teeth by having a daily routine of brushing and flossing can lead to better overall oral health throughout your life. Combining it with regular visits to Dr. Tinney’s office in Elk Grove can give you the best protection possible.
Strategies for Home Preventive Care
Establishing a thorough dental cleaning habit at home means brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice daily. While you’re brushing, don’t forget your tongue. This routine will remove bacteria, which can cause inflammation and decay to your teeth and gums. Your toothbrush should be replaced three to four times a year, or when the bristles start to show wear.
Flossing daily is important also. Flossing can reach in between your teeth and below your gums where your toothbrush can’t and clean out bits of food left behind.
Eating a balanced diet is essential to dental health. Foods with sugars and carbohydrates feed the bacteria, which attack your teeth and create dental plaque.
A Partnership with Dr. Tinney and His Team
Dr. Tinney and his knowledgeable team will provide professional care for your teeth. We believe in educating you on why you need to care for your teeth and gums, and regular examinations and cleaning are part of that expert care. Our hygienists will discuss you're at home care and give you hands-on instruction to ensure you are brushing and flossing correctly. We keep up-to-date with changes in technology through continued education. We want to prevent you from developing dental problems later on.
Professional dental cleanings (prophylaxis) are very different from the brushing and flossing that you do at home. It is recommended you have deep cleaning done every six months, which will remove plaque and stains that you are unable to remove yourself. An exam is also an opportunity to look for signs of tooth decay and possible gum disease problems.
X-rays will allow Dr. Tinney to see signs of internal dental problems which are not visible from merely looking at your teeth, such as cavities between your teeth and problems below your gum line.
The examination will include an inspection of your current dental appliances and hardware including crowns, fillings, implants, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Tinney and his team will also look for signs of oral cancer, check your bite, and inquire about your overall health. Research has shown there are clear connections between your oral health and your physical health in general.
Tackling small problems now before they become big problems is what preventive care is all about. Call us at our Elk Grove office today to start your preventive dental care program!