Preventative Dental Care

Preventative Dental CareYour Oral Health is Important to Us

Poor dental hygiene is a common cause of redness and swelling of the gums. Poor brushing techniques or not brushing the teeth regularly after eating or drinking acidic or sweet foods can be the reason for plaque to build up, causing redness and swelling of the gums. Plaque that accumulates on the teeth for several days turns into tartar, which can aggravate the gums around the bottom of the tooth, resulting in redness and swelling. Dr. DeWitt helps his patients with preventative dental care so that they can maintain optimal oral health.

We provide preventative dental care instructions including proper brushing, flossing, cavity control and prevention, dietary recommendations to aid in oral health, fluoride supplements, mouth guards, sealants, and low radiation X-rays.

Dental Exams & Cleaning
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.  At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will perform the following:

  • Examination of diagnostic X-rays
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Gum disease evaluation
  • Examination of tooth decay
  • Examination of existing restorations

Professional dental cleanings are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar)
  • Removal of plaque
  • Teeth polishing

6 Simple ways to prevent sore, swollen, and bleeding Gums

1. Brush your teeth at least twice each day using proper brushing techniques and practices
2. Floss daily using proper and correct methods
3. Eat a well-balanced diet filled with the vitamins and nutrients
4. Drink plenty of water to wash food off your teeth and make it less likely that bacteria will form plaque
5. Stay away from tobacco products
6. Avoid Stress, which increases the likelihood of inflammation throughout your body including your gums.