Get Your Smile Ready For Summer
The first day of summer is about a month away. For many people, summer provides a new motivation to get in shape. As you are working on cutting calories and toning your muscles, don’t forget about something that can have just as big an effect on your appearance — your smile.
A professional dental cleaning is good for your oral health. A dental exam could identify a problem so you can take care of it before your next vacation.
And while you are at Millburn Dental Arts, we might recommend taking one more step so you smile can look its absolute best when you are out and about.
Why You Need Professional Dental Cleanings
No matter how well we think we brush and floss, none of us are perfect. You may have spots that you don’t clean quite as well as the rest of your teeth. These are places where plaque can build and turn into tartar if it isn’t removed.
Our dental team will remove that plaque and tartar that you may have missed, which will reduce your risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
Today is also a good time to ask yourself if you are brushing and flossing like you should. Here’s a quick review of the American Dental Association’s recommendations.
Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice each day. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to scrub your teeth on all sides, then brush your tongue.
Floss or use another tool to clean between your teeth once per day. This is how you can remove small food particles and plaque that may get trapped between your teeth and gums.
If you aren’t brushing like you should or flossing as often as you should, that’s another good reason to visit our dentist office in Millburn for a cleaning.
The Dental Exam Is Just As Important
Dental exams are an essential part of preventive dentistry as well.
During your routine visits with us, we will do more than clean and polish your teeth. We will be looking at the overall condition of your mouth. That means being aware of any signs of problems.
Digital X-rays allow us to see results faster than the old film X-rays. This is one way we monitor any changes in the position of your teeth. It’s also one of the ways we can spot cavities as they are forming.
And you may also be happy to know that digital X-rays use a fraction of the radiation of the old film machines. That makes them safer for you and for our staff.
Another tool we use to check for cavities is the DIAGNOdent. This tool measures the light reflected by your teeth. This can help us find cavities much earlier than we would with our eyes alone.
And early detection makes a big difference both in the effectiveness of your treat, and it can reduce the cost of fixing a problem, too.
We also can use our ViziLite to check for anything suspicious in the soft tissues of your mouth. This tool is used as part of an oral cancer screening. We know that’s something no one wants to think about. Even so, it’s better to find out early as this greatly improves the effectiveness of treatment if it is needed.
The Final Touch For Your Smile
Assuming everything is in good shape from a health standpoint, you can give your smile a boost. Ask about our professional teeth whitening during your visit.
Our take-home whitening system can be used at your convenience, and it can remove more stains than any of the commercial products you’ll find in a store. Using our custom-fitted whitening trays along with our professional whitening products can help your smile look whiter and brighter than it has in years.
When you make your appointment for you dental cleaning, let us know that you are interested in teeth whitening as well.
Let Your Smile Shine
As the sun is out longer and longer, you’ll be outside more, too.
When you are deciding which outfit to wear to your next family gathering or neighborhood cookout, don’t forget that your smile is one thing that you always have with you.