What is Preventive Care?
Before They Start
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to your well-being, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile bright, visiting your family dentist for a compressive exam and cleaning is essential.
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Routine Dental Cleanings
Getting your teeth cleaned regularly is a vital part of your oral healthcare. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once per year, or as recommended by your dentist, to ensure your teeth stay healthy.
At McMahon Family Dental, your hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup, and can help you identify the areas of your mouth that you might be missing with your daily oral health regimen. We recommend regular cleanings for our patients starting at age three and up, every six months.
We assess the health of your gum tissue through periodontal charting, probing of the gum tissue, and x-rays to observe the supporting bone. In the event that this infection is present, it can often be treated with a non-surgical procedure called Scaling and Root Planing. This “deep cleaning” removes harmful bacteria from below your gum line and smooths the root surfaces to prevent further attachment of bone-destructing bacteria.
Oral Cancer Screening
Our team is trained in a simple screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole (not just your teeth) to detect these conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel your mouth tissue and throat to detect and identify any abnormalities.
Fluoride comes in two varieties: Systemic and Topical. Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. Topical fluoride can help prevent cavities on your teeth that are present in your mouth, and is usually delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, or professional fluoride applications.