CARE ADVICE

Everyone should see a general dentist for routine exams, cleanings and the treatment of routine oral health complications such as minor tooth decay.

KIDS
We recommend children have their first dental visit between the ages of 2 - 3.  This allows us to check for any developmental issues and addresses any parental concerns.  Then we recommend 6 month check-ups & cleaning.  At these appointments we will concentrate on the preventive needs of the developing teeth.

TWEENS/TEENS
We recommend tweens/teens see a dentist every 6 months. While in mixed dentition (having some baby teeth/some adult teeth) things can change and develop quickly.  Seeing teens twice a year can help us stay o top of changes and will allow us to provide them with great preventive care.

ADULTS
We recommend adults see a dentist every 6 months. Once we have had the opportunity to examine your teeth we can develop a treatment plan/recommendations for your individual needs.

Patients who visit Carlson Dental Office can expect professional oral health care, as well as education about self - care between visits.
How to brush your teeth
How to floss your teeth
Dental health and how it relates to your diet
Bad breath
Electric vs. manual toothbrushes
Decay prevention
Post-Op questions





HOME CARE


BRUSHING
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle or electric toothbrush & an ADA recommended fluoride toothpaste can help remove: plaque, food particles & stain.  Good brushing can help prevent gum disease, bad breath & tooth decay. 

FLOSSING

Flossing your teeth daily will help to remove plaque & food in the tight spaces in-between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.  This can help maintain healthy gums (that do not bleed), fresh breath as well as helping prevent decay in-between the teeth. 

OTHER HELPFUL TOOLS

Mouthwash - using mouthwash can be helpful for different needs.  
A fluoride based mouth wash such as ACT,  Listerine Zero, or Crest Pro-Health can help reduce tooth sensitivity & prevent decay by strengthening tooth enamel.
For prevention of gum disease & gingivitis mouthwashes such as Crest Pro-Health & Listerine (or Listerine Zero) because of their antibacterial properties if used as recommended along with twice daily brushing and daily flossing.

Electric toothbrushes - there are many electric toothbrushes on the market that can a helpful tool in keeping teeth and gums healthy. Sonicare, Oral B & Quip are brushes that are staff and patients have used and found to be a helpful tool in keeping their mouths clean & healthy.