We are told that we are supposed to undergo professional teeth cleaning every six months. But this does not apply to every patient.
Individuals dealing with periodontal disease are encouraged to see their dentist for teeth cleaning every three to four months. The reason is to control plaque build-up. Once a patient is diagnosed with periodontitis, there is no cure … only management to keep teeth their healthiest.
Patients with a history of gum disease face an uphill battle for life. They must brush and floss daily to maintain a certain level of dental health. If a patient with gum disease chooses the only generally accepted dental treatment of two cleanings per year, they risk the likelihood of their dental health deteriorating.
Bleeding gums, gum recession, loose teeth, bad breath … these things are symptomatic of gum disease. And the ultimate outcome for patients that do not perform daily oral maintenance and have plaque removed every few months by their dental professional is tooth loss.
On the other side of the coin are those patients that are fortunate enough to enjoy healthy dentition without as much effort. Genetics have been kind in addition to practicing a daily regimen of flossing and brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel. Although every six months is the recommended period for visiting your dentist, some patients are fortunate enough to be able to stretch the time between appointments by a few months.
There are other factors including diet (sugary snacks and beverages vs. fresh fruits and vegetables), lifestyle habits (tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, or illicit drug use), illness, and age that may impact the needs for dental care. Your dentist will make recommendations of things you may be able to do to maintain excellent dental health in addition to regular dental visits, brushing and flossing daily.
Patients dealing with dry mouth can use one of the many products available to promote saliva production to help keep the mouth flushed naturally.
Another recommendation may be fluoride application using tooth paste or gel; rinses are also available. There are over the counter products or prescription strength fluoride rinses as needed. Or your dental provider can apply fluoride at your cleaning visit.
The best advice you can follow is that given by your dentist … brush and floss daily and keep recommended appointments for optimum results.
Call our office today at 281-256-6866 and set up your dental cleaning appointment.