Modern families are busy with hectic schedules, making it hard to find the time to fit in dental care. At Gentle Dental Care in Menomonie and Durand, Wisconsin, we completely understand! When your teeth and gums feel healthy and are not causing any pain, it can be easy to put off routine dental cleanings and exams. However, these short visits twice per year can actually end up saving you a lot of additional time in the dental chair and money out of your wallet by preventing more costly and time-consuming dental procedures.
Every time we eat food or drink beverages other than water, debris from what we have consumed can linger on our teeth, forming plaque. If plaque is not removed in a timely fashion by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar within just 48 hours. Many people think they are not at risk for tartar formation because they brush twice daily, but in reality, it easily accumulates on hard-to-reach areas of the teeth in even the most diligent of patients.
Once tartar has hardened onto the teeth, it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing at home and can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. Plaque and tartar serve as a breeding ground for bacteria, where they slowly erode your teeth and inflame your gums, causing a variety of oral health problems. During a professional cleaning, we gently remove these disease-causing substances from your teeth and polish the surface of the teeth to reduce the surface area where bacteria and plaque can thrive. Professional cleanings leave you with a sparkling, fresh smile that looks as great as it feels!
The other important component of your routine visit is the examination. During your regular checkup, we look for any issues that may have developed since your last visit, such as:
We will talk with you about your oral health and ask about any new symptoms you may have developed. Many oral health problems are easily treated with early detection before they become larger and more difficult to treat.
Dr. Andre received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her DMD at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Dr. Thatcher is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Both are highly skilled and experienced dentists who are focused on serving the dental needs of every member of the family under one roof. They consider holistic dentistry practices like mercury-free dentistry and ozone therapy as extremely important to the patient-centered approach they have adopted at the practice.