Efficient Preventive Dentistry in Salt Lake City, UT

Smiles offers preventive dentistry treatment and education that are designed to prevent oral health issues.

Maintaining Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Scheduling and maintaining regular dental cleanings and exams every six months is the easiest form of preventative care for you and your family. Some patients may require more frequent visits, depending on the individual care needed for each patient.

During a routine cleaning, our hygienist removes the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and around your gum line. Not removing plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth can lead to periodontal disease and can potentially lead to more oral health concerns.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth and Floss

Proper dental hygiene is extremely important for preventing oral health problems. Here are some tips for proper brushing directly from the American Dental Association.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth
  • Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste

The proper brushing technique is to:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes

Did you know that by routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
  • Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
  • Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
  • Shorten the time spent in your dentist’s office

Learn more about Cleanings and Prevention

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.

Learn more about Dental Sealants

What Is Fluoride Treatment?

Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Learn more about Flouride Treatment