Saint Paul Preventive Dentistry
At our St. Paul dental office, prevention is the foundation on which we build your care. Routine visits to clean your teeth and review your home care, along with regular examinations to discuss your concerns and look for any developing issues, are the secret to keeping a healthy, attractive smile for a lifetime.
We know that it’s easy to put off regular care. If you aren’t having any problems, why should you go to the dentist? We can actually give you a simple answer. Because when problems do develop (and odds are that they eventually will), you want to know about it long before it starts to hurt. Early diagnosis means fast, easy, less expensive treatment, and that’s something that everybody likes.
Routine Dental Cleanings
One of the most common questions we are asked is, “If I brush my teeth like I’m supposed to, why do I need a professional cleaning?”
We absolutely want you to practice great home care. A diligent home care routine, however, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your professional cleanings. There’s a huge difference between what your hygienist does at your cleaning and what you do at home.
Time – Your home care routine takes about two minutes twice a day, plus some extra time for flossing. A professional cleaning takes the better part of an hour.
Instruments – You have a toothbrush and dental floss. Your toothbrush might be manual or electric, and you might use mouthwash on a regular basis. These tools are great, but they still have their limits. Hygienists use specialized tools that are designed to reach places you simply can’t with your brush and floss. Plus, professional tools are the only thing that can remove calculus (tartar).
Know-How – Are you brushing with excellent technique? Are you sure? So many patients we see brush every day but are still missing crucial areas. We can tell that you’re brushing; your teeth look great. Unfortunately, however, your gums are suffering. Your hygienist will review your home care routine with you and show you the best technique for brushing to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.
Twice a year (or more often, depending on your needs), Dr. Fischbach will want to take a look at your teeth and the surrounding tissues and make sure that everything is healthy. Many dental issues and diseases, including decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer, have hardly any noticeable symptoms when they first get started. By the time you realize that something is off, the problem could become complex, painful, and even dangerous.
Using our advanced technology, Dr. Fischbach can identify a cavity in its earliest stages. He can also identify the beginnings of gum disease and oral cancer. At your preventive exam, Dr. Fischbach will check for all of these things, look at your bite, and ask you about other issues that could point to a potential problem.
Call to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam
Has it been awhile since your last exam? That’s okay. We aren’t here to shame you, judge you, or make you feel bad. We’re just glad to see you so that we can help you have a healthy smile you can be proud of. Call us today and we’ll find a time that works for you.