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By Dr. Francesco Maratta
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Care

Your oral health depends on how to care for it. At Dr. Francesco Maratta's office in New Haven, CT, our team urges all patients to come in for preventive care every six months. Your dentist sees great benefits from oral exams and cleanings.

Do I have to see my dentist in New Haven, CT?

The answer is yes, you do, and you'll want to. The American Dental Association (ADA), along with many other respected professional organizations, indicate that general dentistry services do much to ward off tooth decay and gum disease. Also, they provide a good indication of how healthy you are overall.

What happens during a six-month check-up?

Your visit to Dr. Maratta's office includes the following services:

  1. A professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar (and their harmful damaging bacteria)
  2. A tooth-polishing to brighten and smooth enamel and eliminate stains
  3. Digital X-rays to check for hidden cavities and to look at bone structure and dental alignment
  4. Oral cancer screening, a simple visual inspection of soft oral tissues and gentle manual palpation of lymph nodes under the chin and at the sides of the throat
  5. Measurement of gum pockets to assess for periodontal disease
  6. Assessment of dental bite and alignment, particularly for young patients

Also, a visual check of your mouth can reveal problems elsewhere in the body--diabetes, as a notable example. Your dentists know just what to look for.

Your treatment plan

Your dentist uses information from your examination to devise an immediate and long-term treatment plan. Dr. Maratta addresses pressing needs, such as cavities and gum problems, right away. He also suggests ways to improve smile appearance and to address other long-term goals.

Your part at home

Your oral hygiene habits are key to your healthy smile. Dr. Maratta asks you to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush and to floss around and between teeth daily. A clean mouth makes for a long-lasting smile.

Also, know that your dentist is available for emergency dentistry in his New Haven, CT, office. At the first sign of trouble--pain, injury, loss of a restoration, or any other concern--phone us right away for help.

Come see us

If it's time for your routine cleaning and check-up, call Dr. Franceso Maratta and his New Haven, CT, team at (203) 773-1701.

By Dr. Francesco Maratta
October 14, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: oral hygiene   dental visits  

Most of us are familiar with the basics of tooth decay and gum disease prevention: floss every day, and brush at least twice a day to keepflossing the teeth and gums healthy. In addition to the basics, there are a few extra steps that everyone can take to ensure the best oral health and hygiene routine possible.

Dr. Francesco P. Maratta, a New Haven, CT-based dentist, advises patients to schedule a dental exam every six months, for a check-up and professional cleaning to supplement an at home routine. Even with daily brushing and flossing, traces of food and bacteria missed by a toothbrush can accumulate between the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.

Preventive Dental Care in New Haven, CT

In order to get the most out of a daily brushing routine, dentists recommend starting with the right tools and technique. Using the right size toothbrush and bristles is very important to reach all of the teeth, and avoid irritating the gums with overly hard bristles and aggressive strokes. A brush that is not too large for the mouth with softer bristles and a gentle up and down brushing motion at a 45-degree angle is ideal to thoroughly clean the teeth, and avoid irritation. And don't forget to brush the back of the teeth and the tongue too!

Diet, Lifestyle, and Your Teeth

Like the rest of the body, everything we eat and drink has an effect on how our teeth look, and on our oral and general health. Consuming food and drinks with too much sugar, like soda and overly processed snacks and desserts, increases the risk of tooth decay. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known to increase the risk of both gum disease and oral cancer. Choosing healthy, nutrient rich foods with sufficient vitamin D and calcium contributes to a healthy body, teeth, and gums.

Find a Dentist in New Haven, CT

A great oral hygiene routine begins with thorough at home care, and regular visits with a dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Francesco P. Maratta by calling 203-773-1701 to schedule an appointment today.