Your oral health reflects your overall health. Taking the time to care for your teeth, gums, and mouth helps prevent disease and decay, giving you a lifetime of healthy smiles. Paul H. Goodman, DDS & Jay L. Rosenberg, DDS, offers preventive dental care, including routine teeth cleanings, to people of all ages in Pleasantville, New Jersey. To schedule your next preventive care appointment with Paul Goodman, DDS, call the office or book online.
Preventive dentistry is focused on preserving your oral health to prevent the onset of disease and decay. It’s estimated that nearly 50% of American adults have periodontal disease, a condition that causes gum and tooth loss, but it’s preventable with the right care.
Routine dental cleanings are a critical element of preventive dental care. During your cleaning, your dental hygienist performs a comprehensive physical exam of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Your exam may include digital X-rays and an oral cancer screening.
After the exam, your hygienist scales and planes your teeth, a process that removes built-up plaque and tartar. They finish by flossing and polishing your teeth, and Dr. Goodman examines your mouth at the end of your appointment.
Everyone, from young children to seniors, should have a routine dental cleaning every six months. If you have orthodontic braces or an oral health condition, you might benefit from more frequent visits.
Babies need their first dental check-up around the time they get their first tooth, and no later than their first birthday. Continue getting regular check-ups throughout your childhood, teen, and adult years. Even older patients who may not have remaining natural teeth need dental check-ups to preserve gum and jaw health.
If any issues are identified during your routine cleaning, your provider can recommend a treatment plan. Dr. Goodman offers a suite of dental services that include dental implants to replace missing teeth, laser dentistry, and more.
Getting regular dental cleanings is the best way to keep your mouth healthy throughout life, but oral hygiene at home is equally important. Get in the habit of brushing and flossing your teeth daily.
Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Don’t forget to clean your gum line, the teeth at the back of your mouth, and your tongue. Floss at least once a day because floss can reach and remove plaque that toothbrush bristles can’t. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it could be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease.
Preventive care is a partnership between you and your dental team. Find the latest dental technology combined with compassionate care when you visit Dr. Goodman and his team. Call the office and speak with a friendly team member or schedule your first appointment online today.