Preventative

  • Dental Cleanings
  • Dental Exams
  • Disposable X-Rays (One Time Use)
  • Emergency Evaluation and Treatment
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Hands-On Oral Hygiene Instructions

By keeping up on regular checkups, you can avoid costly dental problems, stay healthy and continue to enjoy your smile!

Dr. Hinkle’s Oral Hygiene Recommendations

For Healthy Teeth and Gums brush your teeth 3 times a day, within five to fifteen minutes after food consumption.

  1. Rinse your mouth with room temperature water until no food particles appear in the sink.
  2. Brush your teeth and tongue with a soft tooth brush. Electric/spin brushes are the best, but manual will also work. Brush the way teeth grow (down from above and up from below). Never “scrub” side to side on the outside of your teeth that is known as cross brushing and your gums will start to shrink (go away). This is one cause for tooth sensitivity.
  3. You can brush forward and back, but ONLY on the biting surfaces.

Hint: keep your mind engaged and think, where you are brushing at ALL times. Do not put your mind in “neutral” or you will miss areas.

  1. Dental Flossing is absolutely NECESSARY to prevent decay between the teeth.  Statistically, the 85% of decay occurs in between teeth from not flossing. Floss 3 X’s in each space back of the tooth, and front of the tooth. There are 70 small strands in each waxed floss strand. These strands capture and remove the food particles and prevent bacteria from causing decay. Rinse again thoroughly. Floss anytime you have something caught between your teeth. Floss before bedtime and no more food afterward.

Hint: if you are not able to hold the floss use flossers, they come in different varieties and styles.