The most important thing you can do to help maintain a healthy smile is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Floss once a day to remove any plaque between your teeth that regular brushing doesn’t reach. Brushing your tongue will also help you remove bacteria that causes bad breath.
Visit us every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam. During your cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar, and polish and remove stains from your teeth. The dentist will examine your mouth for tooth decay and gum disease, perform an oral cancer screening, and evaluate soft tissues in the mouth and neck area.
Maddox Dentistry uses both regular and digital x-rays. These are an important diagnostic tool, as we use them to check for proper tooth spacing and alignment, look for decay between the teeth, identify any cysts and tumors, and locate teeth that haven't grown in yet. X-rays also help identify cracks and other damage in an existing filling, alert the dentist to possible bone loss associated with gum disease, reveal problems in the root canal, and prepare and place tooth implants or other dental work.
Typical x-rays include bitewings, periapical, and panorex or panoramic.
Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay by building up your tooth enamel. Fluoride treatments are typically given to children as their teeth develop, but adults can benefit from treatments as well—especially those with a history of cavities.
Maddox Dentistry can apply a sealant to help protect some teeth from decay. A resin/plastic material is bonded to the enamel of the tooth, usually on biting surfaces of teeth in areas with deep pits and fissures (grooves).