The key to keeping a bright, healthy smile throughout your entire life is to practice proper oral hygiene. Even adults can get cavities, as well as gum disease, that can lead to serious problems.
Throughout your adult life, it's important to continue to:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on your teeth that's the main cause of tooth decay.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
- Limit sugary or starchy foods, especially sticky snacks. The more often you snack between meals, the more chances you give the acids in plaque to attack your tooth enamel.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
- Rinse vigorously once or twice a day with a fluoride mouth rinse.
Our Hygiene Team
Our gentle and caring hygiene team provides adult and child prophylaxis (cleanings), radiographs (x-rays), periodontal screenings and charting, fluoride treatments, sealants, impressions for bleach trays, Zoom! whitening, and oral cancer screenings. Our entire team believes in the importance of strong communication skills and provides educational tools to help patients become healthier through oral health. We look forward to meeting you!
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How To Floss Teeth
Plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, and removing it can be difficult through brushing alone. Flossing can help. Learn an effective and safe technique by watching this video.
Diagnodent Cavity Detection Technology
The Diagnodent, approved by the FDA for the detection of beginning stages of tooth decay, is a hand-held laser, similar to a laser pointer used for presentations. This device allows the dentist to decide if the cavitiy is incipient (just barely detectable). At this stage, a sealant (plastic coating) may be suggested to prevent the cavity from getting larger. If the cavity is found to be deeper, then a filling will be suggested to restore the tooth. Many times a tooth may be stained and appear to be a cavity, but actually is just discoloration.
The Diagnodent has also been approved for the dection of cavities by the ADA (American Dental Association).
Radiographs (x-rays) are wonderful for diagnosing cavities on the surfaces between the teeth, where the dentist cannot feel nor see. However, the new Diagnodent "tool" is excellent for detecting cavities in the pits and fissures (holes and grooves) of the teeth.
The Diagnodent will be used in addition to radiographs (x-rays) for the diagnosis of cavities for our patients to ensure optimum cental care.
This procedure is provided as a service to our patients. Not every patient will require the use of this device - only areas that the hygienist or dentist has deemed suspicious of a possible cavity.
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Don’t wait another moment to learn more about Stoneham Dental Care. Our Stoneham Dental office serves patients in Stoneham, Reading, Wakefield, Woburn, Winchester, Melrose, and beyond. Call us at 781-438-1995 or complete our simple online form to schedule a consultation at our office.