In our office, prevention of dental diseases and discomfort takes a front row seat. This involves a team approach with you, Dr. Poole, and our team of dental professionals working together.
Your responsibility begins at home with good oral hygiene and eating a balanced diet. During your cleaning and exam appointment, it is our job to give you the knowledge and skills to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Any questions regarding flossing or brushing techniques or selecting a toothpaste or rinse specific to your dental needs will be covered by your hygienist or Dr. Poole.
By evaluating your periodontal health, your hygienist and Dr. Poole are able to come up with a plan to keep or get your teeth, gums and bone levels in optimal shape.
Our hygienists use their years of experience to ensure that you leave your cleaning visit with healthier teeth free of tartar and plaque and polished smooth with fluoridated polishing paste.
More Information About Preventative Dental Care:
Preventive care is a wise approach to oral hygiene that can produce terrific results and very tangible financial savings. An ounce of prevention yields a pound of return, but in this case, preventive dental care yields a lifetime of good tooth performance and dental health.
A good dental partnership can produce a lifetime of positive, pain-free dental hygiene. Physicians of all types agree that sound teeth and healthy gums contribute positively to one’s overall health.
We understand the do’s and don’ts when it comes to the best preventive practices. There is not a lot of fancy technique or heavy strategy when conforming with a preventive care program mapped out by a dentist, but it does require discipline and commitment.
We are trained and prepared to help you or your family members engage in healthy preventive care practices. Whether it means demonstrating the proper way to brush or the proper way to floss, our team is ready to help.
We believe that an informed patient is a good line of defense against the risks of tooth decay or gum disease. It is especially important for children, who can benefit tremendously from the proper intake of fluoride.
We also stay on top of the latest supplements that can help their patients. If you have concerns about your diet deficiencies, supplements are an excellent way to establish a healthy balance.
It is especially important to teach children the merits of brushing after snacks. In our busy lives, this can be overlooked but it can also be made standard operating procedure.
To help you with your preventive care initiative and commitment, we use specific tools for early detection. These tools include regular checkups and occasional x-rays when merited. The expense of these services is covered by most dental insurance plans.
It should be no surprise that dental insurance carriers are big advocates of preventive dental care programs. Feel free to contact us for more details.
We recommend these standard preventive tools:
- A good toothbrush. Today, the tendency is toward electric toothbrushes.
- Dental floss and an understanding of how it should be used.
- A fluoride toothpaste.
- A good, healthy diet.
- Avoidance of unhealthy lifestyle choices.