We here at Ridgeview Dental Group love to see our patients maintaining healthy, beautiful smiles. We’re happy to help when more serious dental issues arise, but there’s plenty we can do to protect your teeth now. Preventive care includes simple steps like proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our Menomonee Falls office.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
We typically recommend our patients visit us twice a year for their regular dental exam and professional cleaning. During your appointment, our expert staff gives you a thorough cleaning to remove any built-up plaque or tartar. Even if you’re dedicated to your home care routine, you’re still likely to miss a few things. Only regular professional cleanings can keep your mouth in optimum, sparkling shape. We will also examine your teeth, gums, neck, and face for dental issues. We’ll be able to detect signs of gum disease, cavities, and more serious concerns like oral cancer.
Dental and Digital X-Rays
During your regular exam, you can also expect to have an X-ray taken of your mouth. X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that helps us detect potential issues before they progress into more serious concerns. With dental X-rays, we can find cavities, examine tooth roots, check the bony areas around your teeth, diagnose gum disease, and see the status of developing teeth in our younger patients.
Digital X-rays are one of the newest X-rays techniques available to us. We use a flat electronic pad or sensor, and the images of your teeth are sent directly to a computer. Digital X-rays use about half the radiation of conventional film and allow us to keep better track of your oral health.
Between visits, it’s important to keep up your home care routine. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed, though brushing after each meal is best. It should take about two minutes to brush thoroughly, cleaning each surface of your teeth and your tongue. Many adults don’t brush nearly as long as they should, so it can be helpful to set a timer or sing a two-minute song in your head. Also, it’s important to floss at least once a day. Don’t ever be embarrassed to ask us for a tutorial. We’ll be happy to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing technique at your next appointment.
Sealants are a coating that we may recommend to prevent tooth decay. There are deep, natural grooves in your teeth that can be very difficult to reach even with proper brushing and flossing technique. Food particles, plaque, and decay can get into these grooves and cause harm. Sealants block these particles from ever getting in. Sealants are usually applied to the first permanent teeth that erupt in our younger patients but may also be a good idea for adults at risk for cavities. Sealants are an effective and elegant solution to protect your teeth.
Call us to schedule your next exam or sealant consultation today!