How often do you visit the dentist for routine consultations and teeth cleaning sessions? Do you brush and floss your teeth twice every day to ensure maximum removal of microbes? These two factors are essential in having a healthy oral cavity and a great smile. Let us find out the importance of optimum oral hygiene and what happens if we fail to maintain it.
The significance of brushing and flossing
Our mouths are home to thousands of bacteria that feed on the food debris and multiply continuously. Brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice a day will keep their growth to a minimum, thereby allowing you to maintain a fresh breath. We suggest you use a fluoride-rich toothpaste and a medium-soft bristled toothbrush approved by the ADA to brush your teeth. Fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth and increases their immunity to cavities. Flossing is often ignored by most people, which isn't a healthy practice at all. Removing the food debris stuck between the teeth is of prime importance in keeping cavities at bay.
How often should you visit a dentist?
While brushing and flossing do most of the crucial work in terms of oral hygiene, it wouldn't entirely be enough. The toothbrush's bristles may not be able to remove microbes from the remote corners of the mouth, between the teeth, etc. Over time, bacteria tend to get deposited in such areas, which, if not removed at regular intervals, will form tartar. Tartar can upset your oral health significantly by causing cavities and gum diseases.
Visiting a dentist for routine consultations, preferably once every six months, allows us to conduct a thorough examination of the oral cavity. We can spot the onset of gum diseases, tartar deposits, cavities, or any other oral infections that can take a toll on your oral health. We will suggest suitable treatment depending on the severity.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning procedures that are used to remove the tartar deposits from the tooth and root surfaces. We use a hand-held scaling tip for the purpose, which vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies to dislodge tartar. Root planing is carried out by inserting a hook-like scaling tip between the roots and gums and scraping the tartar deposits. Also, the irregular surface of the tooth roots will be smoothened out to avoid the deposition of microbes on them.
To have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Pyle, please schedule an online appointment or call us at (765) 288-6121, and we will be happy to help.