We believe that a beautiful smile is one of your greatest assets, it radiates confidence and wellbeing. Preventive dentistry is the foundation to lifelong healthy teeth and gums. Early identification of potential problems and a good oral hygiene routine is the key to success. Regular examination and cleaning along with routine x-ray examination and oral hygiene assessment is the best way to avoid unpleasant surprises. Dr. Verteouris is also specifically trained in the field of orthodontics and can provide an early orthodontic assessment. We also recommend use of fissure sealants for decay prevention and mouthguards to prevent tooth injury during contact sports.

Oral Hygiene

No treatment will be effective unless you follow it up with routine and proper home care. This means you should brush and floss on a regular basis . The key is not only to do it regularly but also to do it right. Link to video

Flossing

To properly floss you should wind the floss around both of your index fingers and push it between each of your teeth. Make sure to freely move the floss upwards, downwards and even sideways to remove any food particles or plaque that may be lodged between your teeth or under the gums.

Brushing

You should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Gently but thoroughly move the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a rotating motion. Be sure to get the top (biting) surfaces of your teeth. Your tongue can also be cleaned with your toothbrush, which will help reduce bad breath. Lastly it is important to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion.

When brushing, it is important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the outer layer of the tooth, called enamel, which will prevent cavities and also reduce bacteria in the mouth. It can also reverse the formation of smaller cavities. Link to video

BRUSHING

X-RAYS

FISSURE & SEALANTS

MOUTHGAURD

X-rays

In most cases a clinical examination by itself is not sufficient to completely diagnose all potential problems within mouth. In fact, the majority of problems with your teeth and the jawbone are not visible to the naked eye. That is why x-rays play a key role in allowing a better, and more accurate look at what is really going on inside your mouth and below your teeth and gums. By using x-rays we can check for any cavities, bone loss as well as impacted teeth, infections and other rare conditions.
In addition to revealing any problems that were not visible during the clinical exam these initial x-rays will also provide your dentist with a benchmark with which to compare against during your future visits.

Fissure Sealants

During the first part of your check up we will look to see if sealants will be helpful to you. Sealants are protection for your teeth. Sealant is made from a plastic like material and is painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from cavities. Link to video

Mouth Guard

You’ve probably seen others wearing a mouth guard during a game of football.  If you play sports or if you’re just worried about injuring or knocking out your teeth, you can ask us about having a custom made mouth guard fitted. A mouth guard will protect your teeth, lips, gums and cheeks from injury.
A mouth guard is simple to make and it can be the difference between keeping your smile and repairing or replacing a broken tooth.