Dentists and hygienists typically recommend having your teeth cleaned every 6 months, but for some people this may be less (or more) frequent than what they personally need. Oral hygiene maintenance is assessed on an individual level at every dental appointment, but 6-month recare visits are typically what the majority of dental patients need.
Why have recare visits on a frequent basis? Because everyone develops plaque and tartar buildup. Tartar is calcified bacteria that deposits itself on the tooth and the roots of teeth below the gums. If left in place, this bacterium causes an immune response in the body to target and destroy the area of infection. As a result, supporting gum tissues and bone are destroyed. Over time this becomes so severe that teeth become mobile and fall out. By maintaining low levels of bacteria and tartar through frequent dental cleanings, patients can avoid the risk of developing periodontal disease.
More frequent visits are needed for patients that suffer from active gum disease, have had a history of periodontal disease, or that just build up larger amounts of tartar than other people do. Frequent removal of calcified bacteria is essential to prevent the recurrence of dental disease. In some rare cases, certain patients have such exceptional oral hygiene and naturally limited tartar buildup that they may only see the dentist once a year for cleanings, but we stress that this is not typical.
If it’s been years since your last cleaning, don’t worry. Your dentist and hygienist see patients like this on a regular basis. It’s never too late to have a healthy smile.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
Looking for a new job or just want to keep the one that you have? Hoping for a promotion, or an increase in salary? Dating? Married? Friends? Want to make a good first impression or leave a lasting bad impression? What are we talking about here? Bad breath!
Bad breath can occur on occasion, such as from the food that we eat, or it can be a chronic condition. Food, of course, is a primary source of bad odors that come from the mouth. Such foods as garlic, onions, spicy or exotic foods, fish, some cheeses, coffee or alcohol are the usual culprits. Although these smells can be pungent for a time, they seldom linger beyond a short time frame.
Sometimes food becomes stuck in the teeth, promoting bacterial growth. Smoking and chewing tobacco leave chemicals that remain in the mouth that not only are odorous but can cause gum disease or oral cancers. And, of course, various health problems such as sinus infections, colds, thrush, bronchitis, acid reflux, diabetes, lactose intolerance, liver or kidney diseases, and many medications all have the potential to cause bad breath.
Of primary concern, here, is the bad breath effect resulting from poor dental hygiene. Think, just for a moment, of the smell that builds up in your kitchen garbage can before it is taken out of the house. Simply put, when food rots it smells! Rotting food particles smell bad, whether it is left in your mouth or kitchen garbage can. Irregular or infrequent brushing or flossing allows a buildup of plaque, potentially causing periodontal (gum) disease. Left untreated, this will ultimately lead to tooth loss.
The moral of this story? See your dentist regularly for a routine dental cleaning.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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