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The benefits of preventative dentistry in maintaining a healthy smile

Patients interested in reducing the risk of problems within their smile will want to take the advice of their dentist and participate in preventative dentistry. Dr. Sean Kennelly of Centennial, Colorado, provides patients with solutions to maintain healthy smiles and keep them beautiful for a lifetime! 

What is preventive dentistry? 

Preventive dentistry includes the steps patients take to be proactive about their oral health and wellness. With the help of a general dentist such as Dr. Sean Kennelly and his team at Argyle Family Dental, patients can educate themselves on caring for their teeth and gums to keep them healthy and beautiful. Routine treatments and evaluations will help contribute to a healthier smile, catching any problems before they become more extensive and expensive issues in the future. 

What are some standard preventive dental services available at Argyle Family Dental?

  • Prophylaxis – prophylaxis is the medical term for professional dental cleanings performed by our hygienists. These cleanings can help remove plaque, tartar, and calculus that may have formed on the teeth between visits. Our team can educate patients on keeping their teeth clean if there are signs of poor oral hygiene.
  • Digital x-rays – sometimes problems lie underneath the surface and can only be diagnosed with imaging such as digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are clearer than traditional x-ray imaging and can be stored on our computers for easy access. Digital also exposes patients to much less radiation.
  • Examinations – dental examinations will allow Dr. Sean Kennelly to spot any signs of periodontal disease or tooth decay that may be present.
  • Fluoride and Sealant Applications – patients who want to further protect their smile from cavities can ask about dental sealants and fluoride applications; both offered at Argyle Family Dental.  

Call for an appointment with Argyle Family Dental today! 

Dr. Sean Kennelly and his team in Centennial, CO, can assist patients in maintaining healthy smiles and reducing dental problems with preventative dental treatments. If you need preventive dental care, including dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays, connect with our team by calling (720) 573-2454. Patients in the area can visit the office in Suite #208 at 8120 S. Holly Street.

How should you brush your teeth? - Dr. Sean Kennelly

How should you brush your teeth? - Dr. Sean Kennelly
Are you brushing your teeth the correct way? Your oral hygiene can majorly affect the overall hygiene of your body. Watch this video to learn how you should be cleaning your teeth as Dr. Sean Kennelly explains all about it.

Hi, this is Dr. Kennelley. I want to show you a little bit about how I like people to brush their teeth. In a perfect world, everybody would be using a Sonicare toothbrush. I think they do a great job.

But a lot of people are using a manual brush. If you use a manual brush, you’ll want to use a soft bristle brush, so you don’t push too hard and damage your gums.

That’s one of the common causes of recession, gum loss, and bone loss around the tooth. So if you’re using a manual brush, work from back to front, and you want the bristles not to be straight on.

Angle the bristles slightly up or slightly down so the bristles can deflect and not go straight at the tooth. Deflect the bristles up underneath the gum line or down beneath the gums.

So if using a manual brush, do small circles, gently getting those bristles up underneath the gum line. It’s all time and technique; pressure is not that important.

You can do the same thing on the other side, and obviously, this will take a little bit longer. The idea is to focus on one tooth at a time.

You don’t want to miss these back teeth. So focusing on one tooth at a time, moving all the way forward, you’re going to do the same thing on the top.

Small circles follow the gum line of those teeth, trying to get the bristles underneath the gum line slightly. You’re not going to come straight at the teeth.

Because then you’re not going to clean underneath the gums where it’s important. On a regular toothbrush, the front has an angle at the tip.

That is so you can get behind the back teeth, and the toothbrush should be vertical when you’re working on the backside of the tongue side of the front teeth.

Whether that’s the top or the bottom, you want to be able to get those bristles up along the gumline.

My preferred method of doing all these is flossing first, water picking, and then brushing with your toothpaste and toothbrush.

Please feel free to contact us if you need further information.

How to floss your teeth? - Dr. Sean Kennelly

How to floss your teeth? - Dr. Sean Kennelly
Flossing is essential to keeping your teeth clean, and not everybody does it correctly. Watch this video with Dr. Sean Kennelly explaining how to floss your teeth correctly.

Hey, it’s Dr. Kennelly, and I want to demonstrate proper flossing technique. Many of our patients have found it easier to use the Waterpik® to keep their gums clean, but a flossing technique is also important.

Most people don’t do it correctly, and it’s difficult to do with the little floss picks (D rings). I like to use regular floss wrapped around the middle fingers, and then you have your thumb and index finger to do the driving.

You should get between the teeth with the floss, curve it around that tooth, go underneath the gum line, and back up to where the teeth touch. You should go up and down about 5 to 10 times.

Then curve it around the neighboring tooth and again up and down 5 to 10 times. This is called the C shape flossing technique.

The reason it’s difficult and time-consuming is because getting the floss in there, going up and down, and curving it around takes time.

Many people tend to just floss, but it doesn’t do a lot to pull the plaque off your teeth from below the gum line.

I usually start from the back teeth and work more toward the front. The technique in the front is all the same.

Most people will build up most of their tartar and plaque along the gum line of the lower front teeth. So spend an extra minute up in that area.

I recommend that we floss first, Waterpik®, then brush with a Sonicare toothbrush, and you’ll be doing just about as good as you can.”
Please feel free to contact us if you need further information.

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