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Hygiene & Fluoride

Hygiene & Fluoride

The best defense is a good offense.  Keep your enamel strong and healthy with fluoride and proper hygiene.

The importance of professional hygiene treatment

After your dental exam, your dental hygienist will provide a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from between your teeth and around your gum line. Tarter is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. After removing the tartar, the hygienist brush your teeth with a high-powered brush.  When brushing, you may notice that the toothpaste used at the dental office has a grittier texture than the toothpaste you use at home. This gives the teeth an excellent scrub but should only be used at the dentist’s office so that your enamel doesn’t get worn down from too much polishing.  The dental hygienist finishes with a thorough flossing and rinsing to remove anything left over from the previous cleaning steps.  You may be given fluoride treatment as well. 

Why do I need fluoride treatment?

Fluoride is used to strengthen your tooth enamel helping to prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.  Fluoride treatments support a process called remineralization, basically allowing for calcium and phosphate to be added back into teeth to help protect the teeth from decay.

How often should I get I get hygiene and fluoride treatment?

The general recommendation for most patients: every 6 months alongside a dental exam.

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