Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is the practice of cleaning your mouth and teeth in order to prevent dental problems like cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, gingivitis and bad breath. Healthy teeth will help you to achieve and maintain a smile that is both attractive and functional, and good oral health is vitally important to your overall well being!

In order to make sure your mouth and teeth are being kept in the best shape, you should come in for regular teeth cleanings every three months, or at least twice a year. You should also be flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day, including thoroughly cleaning your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.

Be aware of the kinds of foods that can be detrimental to your overall oral health, such as:

  • Anything too sugary or acidic, which can eat away at your teeth enamel
  • Caffeine and coffee, which can cause the teeth to stain
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco, which have both been linked with multiple dental diseases, including cancer

Before Orthodontic Care

Dr. Lockett may require prior teeth cleaning and exam by your general dentist before orthodontic treatment starts. There are a number of reasons Dr. Lockett may request this:

  1. Provide a clean and healthy surface to place brackets
  2. To ensure your gums and teeth are healthy, as this will impact orthodontic treatment

A big part of the first visit is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems found — and whether to begin now, or wait until a later time. The procedure starts by taking a set of regular photographs of the teeth in their present state. Next, a series of radiographic (X-ray) images will be taken. These show what's going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line.

In some cases, an impression (mold) of the teeth is also taken to create an exact replica of the bite. This helps reveal exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. The impression is made by biting down on some soft putty-like material for a few moments and then it's removed.

Lastly, Dr. Lockett will examine your teeth, jaw, and mouth. Besides looking in the mouth, you may be asked questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing. Taken together, this information will yield a proper diagnosis so a treatment plan can be finalized at the first visit.

Our Location

3210 E. Woodmen Rd. #200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Office Hours

Monday 8:30am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5pm
Thursday 7am-4pm
Friday Closed/Continuing Education
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed