Dental Hygiene in Longmont, CO
Help keep your smile for life with regular check-ups.
Visit Artistic Smiles Every Six Months
These appointments are a vital component of our preventive program helping to save you money, time, and pain. We treat every client with great care and respect as we address your various oral needs.
During your visit to our Longmont office, we will:
Conduct a thorough examination of your oral health
Check for decay and bone loss
Evaluate your bite
Remove plaque and tartar
Screen for oral cancer
Examine your old restorations
Why are Hygiene Appointments Important?
At-home care includes flossing, brushing, and rinsing. However, there are always some places that cannot be cleaned with traditional at-home products. This is why regular professional dental cleanings are so important.
At Artistic Smiles, our cleaning services clean away all the built-up plaque, which is bacteria that grow inside the mouth from food debris. If the plaque is not cleaned off, it will harden into a calculus, which is a precursor to periodontal disease. Professional deep dental cleanings remove these unwanted materials.
Your actual treatment will depend on your oral health and plaque and/or calculus buildup. We recommend a thorough dental cleaning every six months to ensure long-term health and protection.
– Lisa D., Artistic Smiles Patient
FAQs About Dental Hygiene
Do I really need to floss my teeth?
Yes, you do! Brushing your teeth cleans their surfaces, but it’s almost impossible for your brush to clean effectively between your teeth. When you don’t floss regularly, food particles and bacteria will begin to build up, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.
To get the most out of your flossing, try doing it before you brush. This allows you to brush away loosened plaque and for the fluoride in your toothpaste to do its work between your teeth. To floss effectively, follow these simple steps:
- Use about 18 inches of floss. Wind it around your fingers and insert it gently between teeth.
- At the gum line, curve the floss into a C-shape and gently rub it up and down the tooth surface.
- Repeat this process on every tooth including the back molars.
How can I get rid of bad breath?
All of us suffer from less than minty-fresh breath at times. The bacteria in your mouth cause bad breath. Odor-causing bacteria often hides between your teeth, in your gums, and even on the surface of your tongue.
A good daily routine of brushing and flossing is usually enough to keep your breath fresh. If you still experience halitosis after you brush, try brushing or scraping the surface of your tongue. You can follow this up with an antiseptic mouthwash.
If you experience persistent bad breath, often a sign of gum disease, call our office at (303) 485-8888, and we will be happy to make a convenient appointment for an exam.
Does it matter what kind of toothbrush and toothpaste I use?
Yes, it does. We recommend you only brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Medium or firm brushes can damage tooth enamel or tender gum tissue. When brushing, it isn’t how hard you brush, but how well you brush that matters. You should gently brush the surface of your teeth and along the gum line for two minutes, twice a day while holding your brush at a 45-degree angle.
If you prefer an electric toothbrush, choose one with mixed bristles heights instead of one with flat bristles. It will do a better job of cleaning your teeth.
Most toothpaste will clean your teeth. We recommend using toothpaste that contains fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel. If hot or cold food or drinks cause discomfort, use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Contact our Longmont Cosmetic and Family Dental Practice
Contact Carol and Katie to schedule
your next dental hygiene appointment.
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