Preventive Care

The four most important factors in preventing dental disease are:

1. Brushing and Flossing (Hygiene)
2. Balanced Diet
3. Applying Sealants
4. Fluoride

Fluoride is an essential ingredient for optimal oral health and wellness. It has been proven to help lower the formation of cavities, as well as making it possible for people to keep more of their teeth for a longer period of time.

Another important part of maintaining your teeth is the removal of plaque and tartar on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual oral health and wellness. During your visit at our dental clinic in Edina, Bloomington MN, we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening exam, we check your tooth cavities, cross check oral hygiene instructions, and monitor your periodontal (gum) condition. Fluoride treatments and sealants are recommended for children and for adults when appropriate. Fluoride impacts oral health in two ways:

1. It helps teeth by reinforcing tooth structure and limiting bacterial growth. Fluoride is incorporated directly to protect teeth from degeneration.

2. Fluoride is found in toothpaste, rinses and gels; as well as when applied at the dental office. Fluoride is also added to city water and and available in prescription tablets. Fluoride tablet computers are only recommended when the child is not receiving any other type of ingested fluoride. Too much fluoride can cause teeth to have an irreversible multicolor appearance. This is the reason that only a small percentage of toothpaste should be used when brushing a child’s teeth. With the standard dosage of fluoride added to our water supply, our teeth obtain the maximum advantage with the lowest (practically negligible) possibility of changing the appearance.