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Oral Hygiene Dental Care in Madison

Total Care Dental staff truly care about your complete oral health. Maintaining good oral hygiene starts with knowing how to clean your teeth and gums.


Professional Teeth Cleaning: Brush Up on the Basics

Our devoted Madison dentists at Total Care Dental truly care about your complete oral health. Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth, gums, and overall well-being. Between regular visits to our family dental clinic for bi-annual 6-month check-ups and other dental health care services, you should utilize good oral health habits.

Our Madison dentists offer teeth cleaning during dental appointments. Between visits, you can take these simple steps to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental health issues:

Dental health & hygiene best practices

Improve your Brushing Technique

Many patients assume they know all there is to know about brushing your teeth. However, we believe there's always room for improvement. Following these simple steps lead to a cleaner, healthier smile:

  • Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day, and floss every night before bed to remove plaque build-up near the gum line
  • Use a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth comfortably - consider using an electric toothbrush to ensure a complete clean
  • Hold you brush at a slight angle, aim for where your teeth meet your gums, then the outside, inside, tops and surfaces of your teeth and tongue
  • Keep your brush clean, always rinse your toothbrush after use, store in an upright position and let dry before using again. Do not store your brush in a closed container - this encourages bacteria growth
  • Know when to replace your brush, every 3-4 months or when wear-and-tear become evident
  • Be gentle when flossing, guide the floss between your teeth gently, don’t snap it into your gums

Should you brush or floss first? Evidence suggests that as long as you do a thorough job, it doesn't matter. However, flossing before brushing may allow more fluoride to reach between your teeth.

Best oral hygiene habits

Other Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Swish an antimicrobial or fluoride mouth rinse
  • Check your gums for inflammation or bleeding
  • Make sure children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 month

Visit our comprehensive Madison family dentists at Total Care Dental at least twice a year for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Taking care of your teeth at home is one of the best ways to prevent dental health issues. Routine check-ups with our experienced Madison dentists can identify potential dental health concerns before problematic symptoms occur. Schedule your dental check-ups with our family dentists to bring out your healthiest smile.

Healthy oral hygiene habits are important for your overall health as well. Regular dental cleanings help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and the development of serious health complications. Oral bacteria can contribute to endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. A healthy mouth can improve your quality of life by allowing you to eat properly, sleep better, and be more confident.

Best oral hygiene habits
Professional teeth cleaning in Madison

Professional Teeth Cleaning in Madison

There are many areas of the mouth which are difficult to clean on your own. During your preventative dentistry appointment, our oral hygienists will clean your teeth. This makes it easier for our dentists to then examine each tooth while you get the added benefit of an extra thorough cleaning.

Along with cleaning, we have in-office teeth whitening. This procedure, usually completed in under two hours, drastically improves the coloring of your teeth. Get the healthiest, best looking smile possible with Total Care Dental!

Plaque Facts

Plaque is a sticky layer of bacterial buildup which accumulates on your teeth over the course of a day. If you don't remove it daily, it will build up and harden over time. Certain foods cause more plaque than others. Sugary foods and starches are the main culprits for releasing plaque-causing acids in your mouth.

Plaque also produces substances which irritate the gums, causing redness and bleeding. If left untreated, the bones around the teeth can be destroyed - which means your teeth can become loose and fall out. Daily brushing and flossing greatly helps to remove plaque buildup - which is why brushing twice per day is strongly recommended.

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Dental Exams for Children

Regular dental exams are important for children as young as 6 months. After your child's first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday, schedule a pediatric dental exam with our Madison family dentists. Your baby's gums and teeth will be examined and cleaned. For an older child's dental exam, one of our dental experts will clean your child's teeth, check for any signs of tooth decay, and may take an X-ray. You may want to discuss your child's diet and correct brushing and flossing techniques with your dentist.

Indications of Good Oral Hygiene:

  • Your teeth are clean and free of debris
  • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem

Read through our FAQ on oral hygiene to learn even more about better brushing and flossing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Total Care Dental wants to provide for all our patients. We accept most forms of payment, from cash to personal checks to most major credit cards. We also accept CareCredit cards and Illumisure. Even if you do not have dental insurance you can afford our services through one of our financing options.

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Meet the TCD Madison Dentists

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, ensuring patients of all ages feel welcome. At TCD, we treat every patient like a member of our family.

Dr. Brett Clark

Dr. Brett Clark

Dentist & Owner

Little League Coach, Barefoot Water Skier, Exercise Junkie, Super-Dad!

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dentist & Owner

Eagle Scout, Badger Fan, Dog Lover, Lifeguard, Hater of Shredded Coconut!

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dr. Tammy Kalsow


Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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Dental Hygienist

Positive Spirit, Team Leader, Hockey Mom; "A family that flosses together stays together!"

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow
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Providing Free Dentistry to Patients in Need

The Share a Smile program allows the staff of TCD to give back to our local community. One day a  month, we provide free dentistry services to our neighbors in need. We work in partnership with the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) and are looking to join with more churches, low-income housing facilities, and food pantries to expand our reach.

Check out our website to learn more about the Share a Smile program.  Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for free dentistry, our dental financing plans make preventative, cosmetic, and restorative services easily affordable for our Madison patients.


Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911 or Request a Dental Appointment online!