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How often should I have preventative care?
How often should I have preventative care?

Dr. Halim and his staff will determine the frequency of your visits for Preventative Care Therapy based upon your individual oral health conditions. According to your needs, your visits schedule may vary from few to several months.

Does Brushing alone provide proper care for my teeth?

Yes and No. Dental plaque forms on your teeth on a constant basis and the bacteria in plaque regularly attack your teeth and gums. Dental plaque is the number one enemy for your teeth and gingival tissue. It is the fundamental reason for developing decay (caries) and periodontal “gum” diseases. When plaque is not thoroughly removed, it hardens into a deposit known as calculus or tartar which can require additional treatments to remove. Daily brushing and flossing are critical in maintaining oral health and will minimize the formation of calculus but don’t entirely prevent it. The necessary frequency of your preventative maintenance therapy is determined by the efficiency of your home oral care practices and variations in the body’s chemistry that affect your tendency to develop oral diseases. After a complete evaluation of your oral health a determination will be made on the necessary frequency of preventative care visits to maintain optimal oral health. If your oral health declines, you may be rescheduled for more frequent appointments.

What can be expected during Preventative Care Therapy visits?

Your professional teeth cleaning will be performed by one of our hand-selected hygienists. Each of our world-class Hygienists are dedicated to maintaining your oral health and will perform a very thorough cleaning while being gentle and considerate of your comfort. During visits, Dr. Halim will examine your mouth for any abnormal changes and measure the depth of the gum pockets around your teeth. Your teeth will be examined for signs of decay and any other dental problems that may have developed and check the way your teeth fit together when you bite down. Dr. Halim will discuss any changes that may have occurred in your general and dental health history with you.

What is accomplished with professional teeth cleaning?

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by a registered dental hygienist. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of Calculus (tartar): Calculus is a hardened deposit that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of Plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. Dental plaque is the fundamental cause of tooth decay (caries) and periodontal diseases!
  • Tooth Polishing: Leaving with your teeth surface smooth and polished. Not only your teeth will feel cleaner and brighter, but also, the smooth surface will minimize stain and plaque accumulation.

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