At Eastridge Family Dentistry, we provide comprehensive care always. 

Routine appointments are the foundation to a healthy mouth. Some of our services include:

  • Digital radiographs, to identify and diagnose conditions such as tooth decay

  • Gum disease assessment and education

  • Oral hygiene and dietary guidance

  • Oral cancer screening 

  • Professional plaque and tartar removal

  • Stain removal (coronal polishing)

  • Fluoride application to strengthen the outer layer of the teeth (enamel) 

During your hygiene appointment a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) will use gentle ultrasonic instrumentation to remove plaque bacteria from off the tooth surface and below the gum line. Hand instrumentation may also be used. Coronal polishing removes stains from tea, coffee, or smoking. We may also recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent sensitivity and decay. Most cleaning appointments take one hour. 

We recommend that patients have a preventive appointment every six months, for optimum oral health. Delaying routine cleanings longer than six months can allow excess plaque buildup which can lead to gum disease (gingivitis) and bone loss(periodontitis). 

The majority of attention your oral health receives is at home. The habits you develop will drastically affect the health and longevity of your smile, which is why we are pleased to provide our patients with resources and insights to ensure optimal oral health and satisfaction with your smile. 

  • Daily brushing and flossing is vital. We encourage patients to brush their teeth twice a day (morning and night) and floss once a day. An electric toothbrush is preferred.

  • When choosing a toothpaste check for two things: the American Dental Association (ADA) seal and fluoride. Fluoride is an important ingredient in toothpaste that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay. 

  • Attend your dental cleaning appointments regularly (every 6 months). Registered Dental Hygienists have the instruments and skills to effectively remove plaque and tartar that you cannot access or see. They, along with your dentist, will also evaluate your teeth and tissue for signs of decay, oral cancer, and gum disease. Routine dental appointments are vital in disease prevention. 

  • Choose your food and beverages wisely. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars will allow harmful bacteria to flourish and destroy healthy tooth structure. Examples of high sugar foods and drinks include: 

    • Soft drinks, juice, and sweet tea

    • Sticky candy and fruit snacks

    • Alcohol.

  • Refrain from smoking, Smoking and other tobacco use will likely lead to oral conditions such as tooth discoloration, bad breath, gum disease, and/or oral cancer. If you need help with smoking cessation, we encourage you to visit Smokefree.gov or call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).

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