HOW DO I BUSH AND FLOSS MY TEETH PROPERLY?
The ideal brushing and flossing routine includes brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing around each tooth at least once a day. Using the softest toothbrush you can find, place it at a 45-degree angle to your gum line and gently brush back and forth using small strokes. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
To floss, take about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers. Gently guide the floss between your teeth and form a C-shape around the neck of the tooth close to the gumline. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth and gently move the floss up and down around the tooth. Repeat around each tooth.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROPHYLACTIC CLEANINGS AND PERIODONTAL CLEANINGS?
A prophylactic cleaning focuses on the tooth above the gumline. Because periodontal disease affects the tooth below the gumline, a periodontal cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar below the gumline. It’s a sensitive area, so we’ll give you anesthetic before we start to make sure you don’t feel a thing. Because you’ll be numb, we might break your cleaning into two or more visits.
IS PREVENTIVE CARE COVERED BY DENTAL INSURANCE?
Yes, preventive care is covered by insurance. Please remember we are a fee-for-service practice, meaning we aren’t in-network for any dental insurance plans. As a courtesy, we will happily file your claim for you. If your dental insurance covers out-of-network care, they’ll reimburse you directly for any covered treatment.