To Keep Your Smile Healthy
Dr. Orlick emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive care combines at-home oral care by patients with in-office treatments and counseling by Dr. Orlick, DMD and his licensed staff.
Considering that oral health is linked to overall health, preventive care is important to your overall well being. Oral diseases can interfere with eating, speaking, daily activities and self-esteem.
Preventive oral care strategies for children and adults include a number of in-office and home care activities, including:
Regular Dental Visits
You may not be aware of dental problems until they cause significant damage but with regular check-ups (every six months; more often if you're at higher risk for oral diseases) you can prevent dental conditions from getting out of control. If you haven’t visited a dentist in the past six months schedule an appointment today. See our new patient specials.
Dental Cleanings & Screenings.
A dental cleaning (prophylaxis) is recommended every six months to remove dental plaque and stains you're unable to remove yourself, as well as to check for signs of tooth decay.
X-rays enable Dr. Orlick to look for signs of dental problems that are not visible to the naked eye, such as cavities between teeth and problems below the gum line. At the practice of Dr. Orlick digital radiography is used instead of traditional photographic film X-ray images. No biting down on large film tabs with digital X-rays the process is faster and easier and offers the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images of problem areas on a computer, allowing for better detection. Most importantly, they emit up to 90 percent less radiation than conventional radiography.
At-Home Oral Hygiene.
The most important prevention technique is brushing and flossing at least twice a day (or after every meal) to remove dental plaque, a film-like coating that forms on your teeth. If not removed, plaque can build up and produce dental tartar, a hardened, sticky substance with acid-producing bacteria that cause tooth decay and lead to gum disease.