Preventative Care

Instrument Icon The best investment you can make in your oral health is to receive regular preventative cleanings at least twice per year. Our hygienists are highly-trained, experienced professionals who can work with you to ensure that your oral care needs are being met. During these appointments, you will also have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Brandau, at which time he will further inspect for any signs of decay or other issues requiring treatment. Of course, the best outcome is a clean bill of health, but regular hygiene appointments greatly assist in early detection of potential problems. The faster a condition is identified, the faster it can be corrected.

The ADA recommends that patients consider seeing their dentist every 6 months to avoid dental problems. The average cost for these two appointments for an adult in Northeast Ohio is $300.00 per year. If this helps to prevent even one cavity filling that year, it will have almost completely paid for itself.

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We consider your teeth and dental health to be very important and we hope you do as well. Not only do we now have direct links that dental health affects overall health—especially heart health—consider how much you use your teeth everyday:

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Healthy teeth and bone support
  • Teeth are essential to eating. Without them, it becomes very difficult. Not being able to eat well has a direct effect on your health and weight control, as well as your mood and happiness in life.
  • Teeth are essential for speaking and can have a major effect on the growth of children and their language development. People with speech problems tend to interact less with others and have a harder time being in social situations.
  • Teeth help you interact with other people through smiles and emotions. Many people are very self-conscious about their teeth when they don’t look the way they want. This can affect how they feel about themselves and how they interact with others throughout their lives. They often lack the self-confidence to achieve many of their goals in life.
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Periodontitis: calculus deposits causing bone loss

Preventative care at home involves regular cleaning of the teeth, gums, and tongue. Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and stiffness. They can be manual or electric, but are considered equally effective as long as you take the necessary time to use them correctly. Regardless of what type you choose to use, we always recommend using a soft bristle brush to minimize tooth damage and sensitivity. Small circular motions with a manual toothbrush allow the bristles to better reach between the teeth and sweep away food and plaque deposits. Brushing twice a day will help keep these deposits from causing cavities and gum disease (gingivitis). Newer toothpastes will better help to minimize plaque buildup between brushing by protecting your teeth and strengthening their enamel surface. Anti-bacterial mouth rinses can also help to reduce the bacterial levels in the mouth, thus decreasing the chances of decay and inflammation.

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