Dental Cleanings In Lakewood, CO

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We’re not just tooth doctors.

We look at your whole health. 

At Fox Point Dental in Lakewood, Colorado, we focus on whole health, functional dentistry. In other words, when you step into our office with a dental problem, we look at the whole you to see the big picture.

Brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist for dental cleanings are important. But while these help with dental hygiene, they don’t fix the source of the problem. Oftentimes, tooth decay, crooked teeth, bad breath and other common dental issues are a result of airway obstructions, overcrowded mouths, and narrow dental arches from things such as mouth breathing and sleep-disordered breathing

By determining the source of the dental problems, we can fix the issues before they get worse. As a functional dentistry practice, it is our goal to not only save you money from preventing future dental procedures but also directly improve the quality of your life.

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We want to help you and the ones you love smile confidently, breathe clearer, and live a healthier life.

 Whether you’re coming in for a preventative dental cleaning or another dental procedure, from infancy to advanced age, we’re looking out for you. 

Exams and Dental Cleanings In Lakewood, CO 

Here’s what’s included in your Lakewood dental appointment.

A Visual Exam

At your dental exam and cleaning in Lakewood, CO we will inspect your teeth, gums, and overall mouth to spot any potential problems. We’ll keep an eye out for gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, or any other issues, and we’ll also look for signs of mouth breathing or TMJ issues. Once we’ve done an initial assessment, we will do a thorough check of your face, neck, and jawline as part of your oral cancer screening. We’ll chat with you about any changes to your medical history or areas of concern.

X-rays

Depending on your unique oral health, we may complete x-rays during your dental cleanings in Lakewood, CO. The x-ray is an important tool to show us issues not spotted with the naked eye during our visual exam. We will be able to see impacted wisdom teeth, abscesses, cysts/tumors, and jawbone issues. 

Professional Dental Cleaning

The next part of a dental appointment is the professional cleaning, which removes plaque and tartar buildup that regular flossing and brushing can’t clean. It also includes scaling, which is a process that removes stubborn plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Fluoride Treatment

In some cases, we may find that you would benefit from a fluoride treatment. This is if there is a history of a lot of cavities, or if someone is at higher risk for tooth decay or is experiencing tooth sensitivity. The fluoride strengthens the teeth’s enamel and protects it from future decay. We may also recommend alternatives to fluoride, such as hydroxyapatite or probiotics.

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Advice

Lastly, we will discuss with you any areas of concern and make recommendations to help with your oral hygiene regime (or to improve on other breathing-related issues). Throughout the entire process, your dental team will make sure you are comfortable. They will also answer any questions you have about your oral health.

What If My Teeth Are Sensitive or Decaying? 

Don’t worry! Here’s what we can do at your dental cleaning in Lakewood, CO.

The primary reason you feel tooth sensitivity is because the top layer has broken down and the underlying layers are exposed. The tooth is made up of three layers, each with its own purpose.

When the enamel of a tooth is damaged, it begins to expose the other layers of the tooth, which causes various levels of pain. The earlier enamel breakdown is caught, the less likely a tooth is to become infected.

Tooth sensitivity and decay is not fun, but thankfully is both treatable and preventable. When you come into your dental cleaning appointment, we will help determine why your teeth are sensitive (such as if it’s related to bruxism or teeth grinding, mouth breathing, a misaligned bite, or something else), and then figure out a treatment plan that works for you. 

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Take Care of Those Teeth!

Here’s how to keep them healthy.

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

Even on the sleepiest of evenings when you can’t wait to lay your head on your pillow, brushing your teeth is a must. It can be easy to skip this step, but it is the best way to get rid of the germs and plaque that build up on your teeth all day long.

Use the Right Brushing Technique

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  2. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  3. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  5. Remind yourself to not brush too hard! 

Brush Your Tongue

Brush your tongue when brushing your teeth. Some toothbrushes actually have a rough back designed for tongue brushing. However, you can also gently brush your tongue with the bristles.

Use Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste

Try to get a toothpaste that contains hydroxyapatite! These substances act as an agent to reduce your teeth’s demineralization process. They help the enamel stay strong and resist breaking down. If you’re at a loss for which to pick, look for the ADA seal of acceptance to ensure you’re getting the best toothpaste for your teeth, or ask your Lakewood dentist!

Don't Forget to Floss Once a Day

Your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth, so flossing is a must to remove debris. It also stimulates your gums and keeps them healthy while reducing plaque buildup. Flossing just once a day will greatly improve your oral health regime and help you take care of your teeth.

Breathe Through the Nose

Breathing through your nose is a MAJOR way to prevent tooth decay! When we breathe through our nose, we warm and humidify the air we are breathing, as well as disinfect it. When we breathe through our mouths, we dehydrate our mouths, lead to more plaque buildup, and change the acidity of the mouth. If you can’t breathe through your nose, that is a red flag that there is something going on with your breathing patterns, jaw structure, or nasal structure. Not being able to breathe through your nose warrants further evaluation, not just for your teeth health, but for your whole body health! Sometimes this is as simple as strengthening the muscles of the lips and tongue. This is called myofunctional therapy, and we see many health improvements by using it!

Drink Lots of Water

Keeping your mouth moist helps wash away debris, sugars, and acidic foods between brushings. Water has many health benefits and should always be the drink of choice throughout the day.

See Your Dentist Twice a Year

Last but not least, to take care of your teeth, be sure to visit your dental clinic in Lakewood, CO for a dental cleaning twice a year, or as recommended for your specific needs. This will help your dentist keep an eye on your dental health while also providing professional cleanings to remove plaque.

Take Care of Those Teeth!

Here’s how to keep them healthy.

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

Even on the sleepiest of evenings when you can’t wait to lay your head on your pillow, brushing your teeth is a must. It can be easy to skip this step, but it is the best way to get rid of the germs and plaque that build up on your teeth all day long.

Use the Right Brushing Technique

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  2. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  3. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  5. Remind yourself to not brush too hard! 

Brush Your Tongue

Brush your tongue when brushing your teeth. Some toothbrushes actually have a rough back designed for tongue brushing. However, you can also gently brush your tongue with the bristles.

Use Hydroxyapatite Toothpaste

Try to get a toothpaste that contains hydroxyapatite! These substances act as an agent to reduce your teeth’s demineralization process. They help the enamel stay strong and resist breaking down. If you’re at a loss for which to pick, look for the ADA seal of acceptance to ensure you’re getting the best toothpaste for your teeth, or ask your Lakewood dentist!

Don't Forget to Floss Once a Day

Your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth, so flossing is a must to remove debris. It also stimulates your gums and keeps them healthy while reducing plaque buildup. Flossing just once a day will greatly improve your oral health regime and help you take care of your teeth.

Breathe Through the Nose

Breathing through your nose is a MAJOR way to prevent tooth decay! When we breathe through our nose, we warm and humidify the air we are breathing, as well as disinfect it. When we breathe through our mouths, we dehydrate our mouths, lead to more plaque buildup, and change the acidity of the mouth. If you can’t breathe through your nose, that is a red flag that there is something going on with your breathing patterns, jaw structure, or nasal structure. Not being able to breathe through your nose warrants further evaluation, not just for your teeth health, but for your whole body health! Sometimes this is as simple as strengthening the muscles of the lips and tongue. This is called myofunctional therapy, and we see many health improvements by using it!

Drink Lots of Water

Keeping your mouth moist helps wash away debris, sugars, and acidic foods between brushings. Water has many health benefits and should always be the drink of choice throughout the day.

See Your Dentist Twice a Year

Last but not least, to take care of your teeth, be sure to visit your dental clinic in Lakewood, CO for a dental cleaning twice a year, or as recommended for your specific needs. This will help your dentist keep an eye on your dental health while also providing professional cleanings to remove plaque.

Visit Lakewood Dentist Twice A Year

Engage Your Children With Brushing & Flossing

Teach your littles to love brushing their teeth.

Kids these days have so many amazing new technologies and devices at hand, and it’s up to us to equip them to form healthy oral habits. Here’s how you can help your kids love brushing their teeth.

  • Give your child an option to pick their own toothbrush & toothpaste (with your help, of course!).
  • For toddlers and younger kids, let them brush first, and then do a once-over afterwards.
  • Create a reward system for your child for brushing their teeth.
  • Print and have your child color and complete a monthly calendar for tracking their teeth brushing and flossing.
  • Let them practice on their doll or stuffed animal.
  • Find a brushing song to get them excited! And definitely jam out to it with them.
  • Brush with your kiddos! Lead by example – they’ll be looking to you!

Most importantly ensure they stay up-to-date on their dental cleanings in Lakewood, CO. The more you teach them about dental care, the more likely they will keep it as a healthy habit as they grow. 

Learn More About Dental Cleanings In Lakewood, CO

For additional reading about dental cleanings and general dentistry services, check out our general dentistry resources:

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Are you ready to smile more, breathe freely, and live better?

Fox Point Dental Office in Lakewood

303.732.8909
13701 W. Jewell Ave, Suite 101
Lakewood, CO 80228