Protecting Your Teeth
Dr. Paul and Dr. Condra are always here to assist patients with restorative and cosmetic needs—however, we want to protect you and your family from ever needing those treatments. Preventive services are designed to catch problem areas as soon as they arise, potentially preventing more serious damage and cost down the road.
We strongly encourage scheduling a cleaning and exam every 6 months to prevent any problems from occurring and treat areas of concern before the problem becomes too complex, painful, or expensive. During your appointment, Dr. Paul and Dr. Condra will provide an intra- and extra-oral exam, oral cancer screening, patient education, digital X-rays, and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about your teeth. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests visiting your dentist every 6 months, starting at age 1. As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, good oral hygiene instructions should begin. Use fluoride-free toothpaste for infants and a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste when children are old enough to not swallow the toothpaste. Children should start flossing their teeth when any 2 adjacent teeth are touching. Floss removes plaque a toothbrush cannot reach.
Dental sealants are a thin protective coating that bonds to the chewing surface of your back teeth. The tooth colored material closes the deep groves to food particles and bacteria that tend to accumulate there. In October 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released a report on the importance of sealants for school-aged children, which only 43% of children ages 6-11 have sealants. According to the CDC, "school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants."