Cleaning & Examination

The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and inhibit bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease. ADA-Accepted antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes have substantiated these claims by demonstrating significant reductions in plaque and gingivitis. Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a fluoride mouth rinse and fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by fluoride toothpaste alone. Fluoride mouth rinse is not recommended for children age six or younger because they may swallow the rinse. Consumers should always check the manufacturer’s label for precautions and age recommendations and talk with their dentist about the use of fluoride mouth rinse.

Talk to your dentist about what types of oral care products will be most effective for you. The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products.

Routine Dental Check-ups are necessary once every 6-12 months, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums.

You can expect a tooth cleaning, a visual expectation of tooth and gums and instruction specific for your current oral conditions, along with recommendations on when you should return for your next visit.

Emergency check-ups can be scheduled on the same day.
Please call for details.

At Dr. Spingarns office we want you to be assured that our staff will make your visit to our office as pain free and easy as possible.

Dental Words

Some words used at the dentist’s office might be new to you.
Here are a few and what they mean:

Tiny organisms that live on your teeth and are found in plaque


The decayed, or rotten, part of a tooth

Dental hygienist

A person with special training about the proper way to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy

Dental X-rays

Pictures of your teeth and gums that will show a dentist whether there are any cavities


Involves using a piece of waxy string called dental floss to get in between your teeth and remove food particles that your toothbrush can’t reach

Fluoride treatment

A gel or foam applied to teeth that makes them strong and helps prevent cavities


A doctor who specializes in correcting the shape or positions of your teeth


A thin, sticky layer containing bacteria that grow on your teeth