What Should I To Maintain Good Dental Hygiene?
As a patient, there are a few steps you can take to maintain good dental hygiene between your 6-month cleanings. These steps are the most imperative to keeping your teeth in shape. While regular dental visits are crucial to your dental health, there’s nothing that will affect your dental health more than your personal oral health regimen. Brushing your teeth twice daily with a good toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste as well as flossing daily are the two things you can do to ensure future good dental health.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Another key factor in your continued dental health is regular visits to your dentist for cleaning and screening. The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth examined by a dentist at least once per year. Regular dental visits not only clean your teeth and leave you feeling refreshed, they are also a great screening mechanism. Visiting your dentist regularly is crucial to preventing problems or catching them before they escalate.
At Comprehensive Family Dentistry at Wexford Gardens, we make your regular dental visits comfortable. When you come to us you’ll be greeted warmly by a highly-trained group of dentists and their staff committed to providing you the best in dental care. We put the patient first, making sure to advise each one of the best practices and recommendations to maintain or improve their dental health.
While doing your part is key to dental hygiene, it is also important to have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional on a regular basis. Teeth cleanings are often done at the same time as dental exams. These cleanings go beyond what you can achieve through your day to day dental regimen. A dental hygienist will use various instruments and techniques to remove tartar buildup from your teeth that may be present in even the most scrupulous patients. These cleanings also serve as a first line of defense against other dental issues such as various periodontal issues and cavities.
If you suffer from periodontal issues such as gingivitis or periodontitis, paying close mind to your dental hygiene is more important than ever. That’s why your dentist may recommend that you visit the dentist every six months. This will allow us to keep tabs on on your dental health and recommend necessary courses of action to treat your periodontal issues.
Root Planing & Scaling
Root planing and scaling, sometimes called deep cleaning, may be suggested for patients with periodontal issues. This non-surgical approach to treating periodontal issues entails removing plaque and calculus buildup around the roots (scaling) and then smoothing out exposed parts of the tooth root (planing). Planing the rough surface of the root of your teeth will help prevent further plaque buildup and planing and scaling can lessen the amount of surgery needed to treat periodontal issues.
Whether you suffer from periodontal issues or you want to keep your teeth in excellent health, we can set up dental maintenance visits on a twice-yearly basis. We will remind you of your appointments and make sure your dental health stays on track. This plan will help us catch or prevent dental issues that may arise. It will also allow us to track the progression of periodontal issues and guide our patients through the best course of treatment for them.