We will help you build a solid foundation for a healthy, long-lasting smile.
Regular hygiene or teeth-cleaning visits with a dental hygienist are vital for your family’s oral health.
Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases. They work both to protect teeth and gums and to protect their patients’ total health.
No matter how well you brush and floss, it’s almost impossible for you to remove all the plaque-building bacteria from your teeth and gums. Our highly skilled and educated hygienists are dedicated to providing you with outstanding oral care and helping you establish a healthy environment for your teeth and gums.
They want you to have a healthy smile for life!
When it comes to the dental health of your family, you want only the best care for them, right? At Harbour Pointe Family Dentistry, we feel the same way!
We want only the best care for your family.
Our highly-skilled and trained hygienists are well known throughout the community for their friendliness and gentleness, and for the thorough care they give our patients.
But don’t take our word for it, just check out what our neighbors are saying about us online.
While our hygienists work on enhancing your oral health, we want you to sit back and enjoy our comforting amenities, including:
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Most dentists recommend getting your teeth cleaned twice a year and most insurances cover two hygiene visits a year.
Are two visits a year really necessary? Yes, they are!
The bacteria that causes plaque build-up that leads to gum disease begins returning to your teeth within 48 hours of your professional dental cleaning!
No matter how well you brush and floss, it is almost impossible to find and remove all the plaque from the surface of your teeth. Professional help is needed for a thorough cleaning.
Also, during your visit, we check for signs of oral cancer and new cavities. The sooner we catch these, the better!
We encourage you to set up and keep to a regular bi-yearly cleaning schedule with our office. We know you are busy, so we will be happy to remind you when your next visit is due and make sure your scheduled time is still convenient for you.
What kind of toothpaste and toothbrush should I use?
There are so many options for both toothpaste and toothbrushes today, it can be hard to know which to choose.
Both manual and electric toothbrushes are good options.
We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush that won’t damage tender gum tissue. Brush your teeth with gentle pressure for at least two minutes, twice a day. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Changing it with the change in seasons is a good way to remember to do it.
Toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance will contain fluoride that strengthens tooth enamel. If you prefer a non-fluoridated toothpaste, choose one of the natural ingredient options available.
If you experience any tooth sensitivity, then choose a toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth.
Should I use mouthwash?
Mouthwashes and rinses have been designed to perform different tasks, such as protecting against cavities, helping with tooth sensitivity, and freshening breath.
When used in conjunction with an excellent oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, there is nothing wrong with them.
For those who experience dry mouth, we would recommend using an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Additionally, mouthwash should not be used by children under the age of six since they tend to swallow it.