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Can I just get a cleaning?

Cleaning your teeth is one of the most important things you do every day to stay healthy and free of dental problems. Truly, the better you are at cleaning your own teeth with brushing and flossing, the less work is necessary at the dentist.

A professional cleaning or “prophylaxis” is much more and so important to be done on a regular basis, because even the best brushers and flossers miss spots on teeth. Those missed spots can become real problems if left alone. These missed spots can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay which are two of the most prevalent diseases on earth. We have the training and tools to be able to make sure each tooth is clean and able to function properly. We assess each tooth individually and how they all work together. Where problems are showing up, we will recommend treatment. And, over time, we’ll record how well your teeth are doing and keep track of those problem areas.

What’s so special about every 6 months?

We learned a long time ago that care of your teeth is best performed on a regular basis. Back in the middle of the 20th century, the Pepsodent toothpaste company came up with the idea that you should visit your dentist every 6 months! For most people this has come to be an amazingly effective plan. Even with the best “home care” teeth need to be assessed and cleaned on a regular basis. 6 months works so well, because longer than 6 months can lead to neglect of unseen problems that may escalate into even bigger problems. Rarely do we recommend longer than 6 month intervals, but quite often we recommend that people with special problems come in more often like every 4 months or every 3 months. But for most people, twice a year is just about right!

Why do I need fluoride?

Over the years we have learned that elemental fluorine in the form of fluoride has the power to harden tooth enamel and give it more resistance to tooth decay or cavities. In high strengths or high amounts, fluoride is a poison and can be very harmful. However, at low strengths and controlled dosages, it is very beneficial to our teeth by combining with other elements in our tooth enamel to become much harder.

Fluoride has been added to toothpastes, mouthwashes, and drinking water in an effort to make our teeth stronger. In the office, we can apply a fluoride “varnish” over susceptible areas of teeth to help prevent tooth decay. And of course it is most importantly applied to youngster’s teeth as they are growing to make them stronger.

Fluoride gels placed on or near the gumline of teeth can also help to control the bacteria that contribute to gum disease.

How can I prevent cavities in my teeth?

Whereas brushing with a manual toothbrush can require a certain amount of practice and good technique to do the job, a power toothbrush can make the whole process easier and for most people… better! There are many power toothbrushes out in the marketplace that are excellent tools for cleaning your teeth. There are new models being introduced regularly. Please feel free to ask us about what is available and what may work the best for you. And, if you bring in the power brush you own, we can show you how to use it the most efficiently. Remember that the brush head on the power brush needs to be replaced regularly as well.

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John T. Hauge, DMD, has been a practicing dentist for nearly 41 years, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and has been practicing in Maine for the last 17 years. Although he has ample experience in all areas of dentistry, Dr. Hauge has special interest and extra experience in treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea and TMJ pain problems.