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Oral Hygiene
Dentist Missoula


A woman doing thumbs up in the dental chair in Missoula.We can help you have healthy teeth and gums! Our mouths are a tricky place because they are constantly exposed to decay causing bacteria. Germs are in the air we breathe and the foods we consume. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your mouth free of decay causing disease. During your annual checkup and dental cleaning, our team at Roth Family Dentistry uses the time to evaluate, educate, and engage in oral hygiene discussions to help you have greater success in your oral health.

How you take care of your teeth matters to your dental and overall health. Kathy Roth, DDS offers a variety of preventive services to help you be successful.

Dental Cleaning


Scheduling an annual dental cleaning is a valuable service to your teeth. We use this time to:
•  Evaluate Gum Tissue: Your gum tissue plays an important role in your dental health. It provides support to keeping your teeth in place. When the gum tissue is diseased, it can’t fight the infection, it can only respond by pulling away from the source of the infection. When the tissue pulls away, it is also pulling away from supporting your teeth which can lead to tooth loss.
•  Gum Disease: Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is gum tissue that is fighting a bacterial infection. It is a common, but destructive oral disease. Symptoms include gum tissue that is irritated, puffy, bleeding or pulling away from teeth.
•  Remove Plaque and Tartar: Plaque is a soft gummy substance that forms naturally each day in your mouth. It is a combination of saliva and food particles in your mouth. Ideally, you are removing plaque daily through brushing and flossing. Plaque that is left in place can dry and harden into a substance known as tartar. Tartar is where decay can occur. We want to remove it to stop or lessen the effects of decay.
•  Provide Tips for Daily Brushing: An important step to our time together is providing tips, guidance and education about your oral health and how you can improve your routine at home. We can discuss brushing and flossing techniques as well as answer oral health questions.

Each of these steps are important to your oral health.

Dental Examination


Following your dental cleaning, Dr. Roth will review and evaluate your oral cavity for indications of trouble, by conducting a dental exam. This may include current problems, or predictions of future problems. Using a probe, Dr. Roth will visually look for areas of decay, breakage, changes in the tissue, and anything out of the ordinary. Generally, we will also review digital x-ray images to look for problems that are not easily seen. This may include evaluating impacted teeth, decay in hidden places, or the development of lumps and bumps. The goal is to find these areas of concern while they are small, before they become a larger problem.

Contact Us


Prevention is a very important step in the work we do. We are happy to discuss other preventive steps including dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help you have a healthier mouth. For more information, contact us at our Missoula office at 406-728-2745.

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