Preventive care is an integral part of our overall practice. Based in Portland, Dr. Gerald Kennedy and his hygienists are passionate about helping patients understand their unique individual oral hygiene needs. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is one the most important things you can do for your teeth and their supporting structures (bone and gums). Excellent oral heath also contributes to your total over-all health and well being. We help parents of young children to establish good oral hygiene routines when they are young. When a habit of good oral hygiene is established, it helps children stay healthy and cavity free.
The Importance of Routine Wellness Check-Ups
Another aspect of good dental health is to see your dentist on a regular basis for routine dental cleanings and check-ups. At your individual wellness visit, Dr. Kennedy performs a complete examination your teeth and gums. Your dental hygienist will also clean your teeth and perform a risk assessment for gum disease and cavities. With these assessments, we can determine your individual needs to maintain healthy and beautiful teeth.
How to Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
One question that patients always have for the dentist is how to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste. First, always choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles. In our dental practice we have recommended manual and electric toothbrushes for over 20 years. Our experience is that our patient’s oral hygiene improves with the aid of a good electric toothbrush.
Choosing toothpaste can be confusing due to the many choices. Did you know that choosing the wrong type of toothpaste may actually cause damage to your teeth? We have a prepared list of recommended toothpastes that are gentle on your teeth and gums. Call our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Kennedy and his experienced hygiene team.