An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tartar on a regular basis. Daily brushing and flossing are very important steps that will help accomplish this. There are some places on your teeth where plaque and tartar cannot be reached. Regular dental cleanings are the only way to have it removed from places where your toothbrush cannot reach. The frequency of your visits to our Plano Texas dentist office and the complexity of the program will be based on your individual needs and oral health. Dr. Sowell will initially diagnose your condition, and your dental hygienist will monitor your condition over time.
During routine dental care visits, we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening, check your teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions and monitor your periodontal (gum) condition. Fluoride treatments are provided for adults where appropriate.
Monitoring your gum health includes monitoring your biofilm and bacteria levels. We also evaluate any medications you are taking, as many have effects on the oral environment of your mouth. Several medications can alter the pH of your saliva, contributing to acid erosion and/or dry mouth. A reduction in saliva can impact the bacterial population in your mouth and contribute to gum disease.
Our hygienist uses special polishing agents to maintain the luster of your porcelain, unlike the typical abrasive polishing agents used in most general dental offices.
Highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted in the grooves of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start. Your Plano dental care hygienist will discuss this with you if she feels it would be a benefit to you or other family members.
PerioScience Antioxidant Oral Care
Keep your mouth healthy with the PerioScience Oral Care System, now available at our Plano dental office. PerioScience has a unique suite of antioxidant-based products that hydrate dry mouths, freshen breath, reduce tooth sensitivity and whiten teeth.
The PerioScience products complement the body’s natural defense system. Saliva has natural antioxidants and anti-bacterial agents. Our antioxidant/antimicrobial formula works with saliva for a natural, gentle preventive treatment.
There are four PerioSciences oral care systems to choose from and each includes an antioxidant infused dental gel, a mouth rinse and toothpaste. The AO ProVantage gel is a great addition to your oral care routine especially if you have undergone any dental work. This gel will reduce inflammation, enhance healing and fight bacteria. The mouthwash and toothpaste should be used as part of your daily oral care routine. Both will promote fresh breath and strong teeth. The four product suite areas of focus are White Care Formula, Sensitive Formula, Hydrating Formula, and Natural Formula.
We’ll help you select the PerioScience product that’s right for you:
- Reduce inflammation to prevent gum disease
- Promote saliva production and hydrate dry mouth
- Neutralize bad bacteria for fresher breath
- Minimize tooth sensitivity
- Prevent cavities
- Whiten teeth
Dental Hygiene FAQs
How can I prevent cavities?
Preventing tooth cavities is actually pretty simple. Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste, eating sugary foods in moderation, and rinsing your mouth after drinking coffee will drastically help prevent cavities.
Why does the dentist need to take X-rays every visit?
Contrary to popular belief, taking X-rays of your mouth every visit is not a scam to get you to pay more. Your dentist needs to know the changes your teeth and gums have undergone so he can provide the most relevant treatment options. It’s even more important if you have missed an exam or two.
Can I skip a dental visit once a year?
Most patients see the dentist at least twice a year to prevent gum disease, tooth cavities, infections and more. On a rare occasion, a patient may elect to only visit once a year. This patient is confident in their oral health routine, brushes more than twice a day, flosses their teeth regularly, and takes excellent care of their dental health. We recommend that you do not skip dental visits to prevent advanced dental issues down the road.
Can teeth grow back after a tooth extraction?
The short answer is no. Once your baby teeth have fallen out and your permanent teeth have grown in, that’s it. Adult teeth do not grow back! It is important that you take care of your natural teeth as best as possible. We can however replace missing teeth with dental implants and other restorative dental procedures.
Should I brush my teeth before visiting the dentist?
Yes. This helps your dentist get a better picture of your teeth and gum health. Your dentist will appreciate you greatly if you did not visit with lunch breath.
How does my dentist know if I floss?
Your experienced and highly-trained dentist can easily see if you regularly skip flossing. Plaque buildup, dirty gums, and bad breath are all signs of a lack of flossing. Although, a caring dentist will never judge you about not flossing, just kindly remind you.
How long does a new patient dental exam take?
A new patient dental exam usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour. Dr. Mark Sowell likes to spend time to get to know your dental health history, your dental issues, and your goals for your smile. We create a personalized treatment plan to address all of your dental needs with relevant procedures.