Preventative Care

Preventative Care is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. Dr. Perkins and his accommodating professional staff are committed to helping you improve your dental health. Dr. Perkins is among the dentists Sandy residents can count on for superior dental care at a reasonable price. We perform a wide range of dental procedures with precise care and skill.

Dental Check-ups

It is recommended to have a checkup every six months for preventative oral care. During your 6 month check-up, Dr. Perkins will clean, polish, and examine your gums. During one of your 6-month check-ups, an x-ray will also be taken. X-rays are a critical part of the examination to alert your dentist of any underlying issues that are not easily seen. Xrays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed.  This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease.  Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

In addition to routine check-ups, maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, but they also make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventative care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help prevent problems before they develop.


Best Dental Hygiene For Preventative Care

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. These steps include:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • If advised, rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse
  • Make sure children under the age of 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoride area
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and oral exams
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months


Sandy Preventative Care

The following are indications of good oral hygiene:

  • Your teeth are clean and free of debris
  • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem

Remember, it is most important that you learn great preventative care habits as soon as possible. This will not only give you great teeth, but it will also save you time and money on dental procedures. For the best preventative care, give or Sandy dental office a call today at (801) 255-4870. We'll help you get that healthy smile you've always wanted.

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