No one decides to have poor oral health; it happens gradually, often due to neglecting simple practices form the base of basic oral hygiene. Here at Progressive Dental in Ann Arbor, MI, your dentists, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall, provide preventive care guidance that keeps patients in great health—read on to learn more.
The enemies of your teeth and gums
There are tiny, microscopic pathogens that put your oral health at risk. They're Streptococcus bacteria, and they live in the food residues that cling to your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing remove these organisms, which is why the American Dental Association (ADA) highly recommends these actions as part of your regular routine, along with a low-sugar diet and ample hydration.
However, the war on gum disease and tooth decay cannot be won alone. You and your family need regular preventive services from our Ann Arbor office. After all, without routine hygienic cleanings, X-rays, and examinations, tooth decay and gum disease remain hidden and untreated.
What you can do
Besides your conscientious at-home care, come to our Ann Arbor office for your cleaning and check-up. Each exam includes a check for decay/gum disease, oral cancer evaluation, an inspection of any dental restorations, and a careful look at jaw joint function/dental bite. Every cleaning also removes the plaque and tartar build-up which can damage your gums and teeth.
Additionally, your dentists will present you with a comprehensive care plan to include your best path to a long-lasting smile. It includes preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments.
Common preventive care includes:
- A cleaning and check-up every six months (or more often if you struggle with gum problems)
- X-ray imaging according to a set schedule
- Anti-cavity fluoride treatments to supplement the fluoride in your toothpaste and municipal water supply
- Plastic sealants (particularly for children's teeth) to protect the chewing surfaces of molars
- Customized mouth guards to protect your teeth during sports
Prevention is the way to go. At Progressive Dental, Drs. Meridith and Bart Hall will partner with you to keep your smile intact and shining for years to come. Contact your dentists at (734) 930-4022.