Brushing your teeth twice each day with fluoridated toothpaste is an essential first step in cleaning away bacterial deposits from your mouth while also helping to maintain strong tooth enamel. At the same time, you also need to make a conscious effort to thoroughly floss your teeth at least once per day. This simple daily routine helps reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.
The American Dental Association also recommends having a dental checkup performed twice each year by a dentist like Dr. Jorge Ferreira. These outpatient appointments include a thorough dental cleaning and polishing treatment to remove tartar and minor dental stains from your teeth. We will then perform a thorough dental exam to detect any signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
If he has any concerns about the mineral strength of your tooth enamel, he might also recommend administering a simple fluoride treatment. This calls for him to pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into special trays that will be placed in your mouth. You will need to bite down lightly to hold them in your mouth for few minutes while the fluoride saturates your tooth enamel.
We might also provide you with a prescription for fluoride supplements if there are further concerns about the strength of your teeth. This is more likely to be the case if you don’t have ready access to fluoridated municipal water.
If you live in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area and you have any concerns about the health of your teeth or mouth, you should call 505-455-2176 to schedule a dental checkup at Sonrisa Dental.