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Chagrin Family Dental Care
Chagrin Falls, OH Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Care

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At Chagrin Family Dental, we believe in communication. As a smaller practice, we are pleased to be able to offer personalized attention. We take the time to get to know our patients and provide them with the care and attention that every single one of them deserves.

Any time you have a question, we want you to feel completely comfortable asking Dr. Hivick or another member of our team. We’ve compiled a selection of questions that patients often ask us about Chagrin Family Dental, the services we offer, and dental health and hygiene.

If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to give us a call or email us using the convenient form located on our Contact page. We will answer your question as quickly and as thoroughly as we can.
 

Preventive Care

Many conditions that once required antibiotic prophylaxis no longer require such medication. We will review with you the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association as well as the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons to determine whether or not you still need to pre-medicate. We will also consult with your medical doctor to help clarify this.

girl smiling in a dental chairCheck-ups are vitally important to your overall health. Bacteria building up deep in the gums where a toothbrush and floss can't reach could have severe consequences on oral and overall health. Which is why it is imperative to maintain your dental cleanings.

What We Recommend

We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association and other organizations that say you should have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months. Depending on your unique needs and your current level of dental health, it may be appropriate for you to come to our office more often, and if this is true in your case, we will discuss this with you.

Make Sure You & Your Family See Your Chagrin Falls Dentist

Our team greatly cares for every patient's oral health. If you haven't seen a dentist in six months call us today and schedule your appointment!

Professional Cleanings | Chagrin Falls Dentist First of all, great job! It is so important to your overall health to brush twice a day and floss as often as possible.

Wy We Tend To Get Cavities

However, even though you're doing such good work taking care of your teeth, it is still important for you to get regular care from a dentist and cleanings from a dental hygienist. This is because your teeth are full of ridges and other tiny formations that make it easy for plaque to get trapped.

The Dangers Of Plaque

When plaque develops in these areas or beneath your gumline, it's easy to miss these spots, and over time, that plaque will harden into tartar, which can only be removed with professional tools. Once tartar has developed, the stage is set for cavities, gum disease, and other problems.

Schedule your appointment with us today to make sure plaque doesn't develop into a cavity that needs a filling or crown.

preventative dentistry | Chagrin FallsWhen it comes to preventive dental care, your Chagrin Falls dentist Dr. Brian Hivick has several recommendations:

Maintain Your Dental Cleanings

Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. For most people twice each year is adequate and gives Dr. Hivick the opportunity to detect problems in their earliest stages. When we discover dental issues early, they are generally less invasive—and less expensive—to treat. Other people might benefit from more frequent visits to the dentist, depending on their current oral health.

At Home Care For Your Teeth

Brush and floss diligently. With the different types of toothbrushes, toothpastes, and flosses on the market today, it’s easy to find the dental tools that you prefer. Whether you prefer to go high-tech with an electronic toothbrush or if you would rather stick to an old-school toothbrush, it’s crucial that you use it regularly. Brush at least twice each day to help keep plaque from forming on teeth. Flossing is just as important because your toothbrush cannot reach all the nooks and crannies of your mouth.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid candy and sweets as well as sugary beverages, all of which can contribute to the formation of cavities. If you do indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward and brush your teeth about a half-hour later.

If it’s time for a preventive visit to the dentist, give us a call!

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