Dental Exams & Cleanings

Regular cleanings and exams are vital in the health of our mouth. We use the gift of our mouth every day in multiple ways and so the health and strength of your mouth becomes extremly important which impacts the rest of your overall health.  We recommend at least two exams and cleanings per year and when that is teamed with your daily brushing and flossing it helps your oral hygiene shine.

Benefits of Regular Cleanings and Exams

Dental cleanings and exams consist one-on-one cleaning with our team memebers to remove plaque that has built up on your teeth, regularly scheduled X-Rays, exam for tooth decay, flouride treatments and plans to help maintain a healthy mouth.

When too much time goes between exams and cleanings, plaque begins to build and cause tooth decay (more information below) which opens the door to much bigger problems. These oral health issues are much more expensive to fix, but when they aren’t fixed it can have an impact on other areas of your health as well. Regularly seeing your Brumbach Dentistry team in Post Falls, ID for regular dental exams and cleanings are important for you and your family.

Here are just a few benefits you’ll receive:

  • Better Health — Tooth maintenance is key to avoiding decay, gum diseases, halitosis and other unwanted oral conditions.
  • More Savings — Which would you rather pay for? A low-cost sealant procedure that protects your teeth against decay for up to 10 years…or a costlier and more painful root canal because you let a cavity go undetected for too long? Save money up front and in the long run with more constant dental checkups and maintenance.
  • Beautiful Smiles — The benefits of a confident smile not only is more appealing but also boosts your moral and confidence.  We’ve shared many facts on our Facebook and Instagram about the benefits of a healthy smile–we called these posts Smile Revolution.

We do our best to make your visit comfortable for all your families dental needs. You can book your appointment online or call our office so schedule a free consultation or regular cleaning and exam. If you are new to our office, please feel free to visit our New Patients page.

Tooth Decay Prevention

Tooth Decay and RotTooth decay is the destruction of the outer layer of your tooth. It affects everyone from children, to teens, to adults of all ages.  It is often referred to as the second most common disease after the common cold. At Brumbach Family Dentistry, we work with each patient individually to help treat tooth decay, and offer advice and helpful tips on how to prevent it.

The prevalence of tooth decay in children is astounding. It’s estimated that over a quarter of children in the US between the ages of two and five are affected by tooth decay. Even worse, it is estimated that half of children between the ages of 12 to 15 suffer from tooth decay as well.

Unfortunately, there is not a single, easy solution for everyone to fight tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay is a long term process, carefully maintained over a lifetime. This includes good hygiene practices at home, like brushing and flossing twice a day, and keeping your regularly scheduled semi-annual cleanings and dental check-ups.  

If you’ve come in for a check-up and/or a cleaning, then you may have seen us use specialized tools to remove plaque buildup and tartar from your teeth. Typically, we use ultrasonic scalers to remove buildup. Then, we finish and fine tune with small, hand-held manual instruments.  When the removal process is complete, we then do a thorough visual examination to check for tooth decay or cavities.

Additionally, there are other factors you should consider when trying to prevent tooth decay. Your diet, toothbrushing technique, and the type of toothbrush you are using can be discussed with Dr. Brumbach at your next appointment. After having a dialogue with you, he can provide specific recommendations on what improvements you can make to your daily routine to help keep tooth decay at bay.

What Causes Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay ImageWhen a mouth is healthy, it is in balance. Helpful and harmful bacteria coexist and are frequently interacting with one another. However, when certain sugars are present, harmful bacteria can produce acids that cause teeth to demineralize and start decomposing. An overabundance of acidic foods can also cause your teeth to begin breaking down. When your mouth is healthy, your body has its own way of naturally combating the damaging effects of harmful bacteria. One way it fights bacteria is through producing healthy saliva.

Brushing and flossing daily, regularly scheduled dental cleanings, making sure you are getting adequate fluoride, and limiting sugary and acidic foods, should be a regular practice in the battle to prevent decay. But, if you are prone to tooth decay, and need additional help beyond regular maintenance procedures, we are here to help.

Extra Steps You Can Take to Prevent Tooth Decay

If you are someone who is prone to tooth decay, there are practices you can incorporate at home to help prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Dr. Brumbach and his staff can show you effective brushing techniques at your next cleaning. Additionally, he can also suggest special toothpastes, rinses, and toothbrushes to use at home. We also perform fluoride applications and anti-bacterial treatments in our office, if necessary. For children who are susceptible to decay, we may we use a dental sealant to cover the natural pits and folds of the tooth. The sealant is a thin, clear layer of plastic resin that we place over the back teeth. This resin makes them more resistant to the bacteria that causes plaque buildup and cavities. We’ve found that this is a quick, pain-free and very effective option for preventing tooth decay.  

If you ever have any questions on what you can do to protect your teeth from cavities and prevent tooth decay, please give us a call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Brumbach. We are happy to help guide you in your lifelong journey of protecting and maintaining a truly healthy smile!  

Call our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Zach Brumbach and his dental professional team for your regularly scheduled dental exam and cleaning.

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