Fuller Dental is a general dentist office that serves patients in the Burlington, NC area. Our dental practice focuses on providing general dentistry services to patients of all ages. Regular checkups are ideal to ensure proper oral hygiene and also disease prevention. It is recommended to visit us twice a year to maintain your dental health. In addition to preventive dental services, our dental team offers cosmetic dentistry treatments and restorative dentistry treatments.
Maintaining good oral hygiene in between visits is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, but they also make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush twice a day thoroughly and floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
- Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if advised to do so
- Make sure children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
The following are indications of good oral hygiene:
- Your teeth are clean and free of debris
- Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
- Bad breath is not a constant problem
The Importance of Routine Dental Care
A professional tooth cleaning is an important part of your preventive care routine and can play a role in the longevity of your natural smile. While good oral hygiene at home is important, our Burlington, NC dental hygienists can reach tooth surfaces that are often missed with daily tooth brushing. While cleaning your teeth, we look for any signs of decay or damage that can be more easily addressed in the early stages. If problems do exist, Dr. Fuller may recommend additional visits in order to maintain optimal dental health. Keeping your smile clean and healthy benefits, both your oral and overall health.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately one hour. Using specialized dental tools, and a gentle technique, the hygienist will thoroughly clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums. Professional dental cleanings help to eliminate disease-causing bacteria. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning, we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup.
Routine dental care also includes screening for oral cancer and periodontal disease. It’s important to discover these diseases in the early stages when treatment can be both conservative and most effective. If issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or even oral cancer are left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your overall health.
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their cleaning and enjoy a fresh, clean feeling after treatment. Give us a call at (336) 290-7401, or request an appointment online today.