preventive Dentist in Brighton, MI

Why is preventive dental care important?

Preventive dentistry is essential to your oral and overall health. When used in conjunction with good at-home brushing and flossing habits, regular cleanings and oral exams can help keep your smile beautiful and free from decay. During routine exams, our dentist in Brighton will be able to monitor your oral health and address any minor concerns before they become larger issues.

Brighton preventative dentist

Did you know…

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Oral wellbeing is
deeply connected to your overall health.

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 What to expect at your preventive dental care appointment in Brighton

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Professional Cleaning 

We will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. Using specialized tools, we’ll gently remove any plaque and tartar buildup, and floss between your teeth in all of those hard-to-reach areas. We’ll round out your cleaning by polishing your teeth, and applying fluoride if necessary, leaving your smile refreshed and revitalized.

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Any Necessary X-Rays

Your oral health is more than just what’s on the surface. X-rays allow us to see more than what we can with our eyes alone, for more accurate diagnoses and treatment planning. So if you’re new to our office, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had them taken, x-rays may be a part of your preventive visit.

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Comprehensive Exam & Treatment Plan

In addition to reviewing your x-rays, Dr. Jennifer Aminlari will also perform an in-depth visual inspection of your teeth and gums. If there are any noticeable issues, she will discuss them with you, and provide treatment options to help guide your next steps. We prioritize patient education so you can make the decision that’s best for you and your smile.

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Next Steps

Whether you’re simply scheduling a regular cleaning or a follow-up appointment for additional treatment, our team is here for you! We take the time to educate you and answer any questions you may have about your treatment, insurance, financing, or anything else that comes to mind, so every visit is streamlined and stress-free.

Did you know…

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25% of adults in the U.S. have at least one cavity.

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Have questions about preventive dentistry? Find answers here. 

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How should I properly brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time for a healthy smile. Start by holding your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and gums. Using small, circular strokes, clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Each quadrant of your mouth only needs about 30 seconds of proper brushing. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months, and to use an ADA-approved toothpaste with fluoride to keep cavities at bay. You can also use an electric toothbrush if it helps make brushing easier!

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How do you floss correctly?

Start by rolling out about 24 inches of dental floss. Wind most of it around your index or middle finger and wind the last few inches around the index finger of your other hand. Hold a 1-inch section firmly between fingers and thumbs and gently glide this floss between your teeth, using a rocking up and down motion. When the floss is between your teeth, take it up into the gum line following the c-shape curve to dislodge plaque and bacteria. Repeat this for both sides of each tooth and be sure to wind a new 1-inch section each time you move to a new tooth to prevent spreading bacteria.

What's the difference between prophylactic cleanings and periodontal cleanings?

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Prophylactic cleanings are the regular dental appointments you need every 6 months to maintain oral health. Dr. Aminlari or our dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and give them a thorough flossing to ensure your smile is clean and free of debris.

Periodontal cleanings are also known as “deep cleanings” and are only necessary for patients who have periodontal disease. During these cleanings, your hygienist will take extra care to scrape away plaque and tartar between your teeth and gums, and smooth the roots of your teeth to eliminate pockets that trap bacteria. Deep cleanings are a part of a periodontal maintenance routine and will help patients with gum disease preserve their oral health.

Is preventive care covered by dental insurance?

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Most dental insurance policies fully cover preventive care such as cleanings, exams, and x-rays. If your preventive care is not 100% covered, it will usually at least be partially covered by your policy. Some plans may also cover optional treatments like dental sealants and fluoride for children, too. To learn more about your coverage, consult with your provider and give our office a call at (810) 626-5662 to see how we can help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.

Did you know…

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Save yourself money, time, and future dental pain by keeping up with your preventive care. 

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