Create A Preventative Care Routine With UsOur dental specialists in Portland can help you build a good oral hygiene routine by providing teeth cleaning, polishing, and fluoride treatments to help you feel confident in your smile.
Why Preventative Care?
To properly take care of your teeth and gums, it is essential to have regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings. Preventive dental services will help:
- Identify and treat early dental issues before they become serious.
- Remove plaque and tartar buildup in both the seen and unseen surfaces of your teeth.
- Help prevent cavities and other potentially painful problems.
Good oral hygiene and preventive dentistry can help reduce the risk of dental problems and secondary health issues that stem from poor dental health.
- Heart diseases
- Respiratory issues
- Low birth weight and premature births have also been linked to oral health
What to Expect
Preventive dentistry starts at home and continues in your dental office visits.
It is all about avoiding problems that can arise down the line. Education on proper oral hygiene, routine care, proactive cleanings, diagnosis, and treatment, can ensure and maintain strong, cavity-free teeth.
Brushing, flossing, and other regular routine care can help you prepare for your preventative care dentist visit.
You can expect services like oral exams, regular cleanings, educational instructions, and x-rays during your preventative dental care visit. This will help identify and treat early dental issues before they become serious.
Some general dentistry services range from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the level of preventative dental care that you need. On average, a cleaning visit takes about 90 minutes.
After your preventative dental treatment, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You may experience some discomfort. Be sure to get plenty of rest.
- Maintain good oral hygiene in-between visits.
- Schedule a follow-up visit if you begin to experience any problems.
Your First Visit
Modern DentistryYou can find all the latest technology at our Portland, ME offices.
Judgment-Free OfficeWe're here to help you feel confident in your smile. We provide a safe, judge-free zone for any dental issue or concern you have.
On Your ScheduleTaking care of your dental health should fit within your schedule. We are open late and on weekends so you can get the care you need.
Making An Appointment Is Easy
Frequently Asked Questions
Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of these microscopic creatures feeding on food particles left on your teeth. These bacteria live in plaque which can be removed by flossing. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth. Flossing gets rid of the bacteria the toothbrush can't reach. That's the bacteria hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. If you do not floss, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth, and eventually, it may harden into calculus/tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing. Only the dentist or dental hygienist can remove calculus/tartar. Ask your dental professional to show you the proper way to floss. You will both notice the difference at the next cleaning appointment.
Replace your toothbrush every three months. It is recommended that patients with periodontal disease replace their toothbrushes every four to six weeks. If you have been sick, replace your toothbrush as soon as possible. It is recommended to read the instructions for replacement guides for electric toothbrushes as they may need to be replaced more frequently.