If you are a healthy patient as determined by the dentist, You should visit our practice twice a year. Cleanings and checkups are the cornerstone for establishing good oral health and preventing disease. We strongly recommend scheduling appointments every six months.
During checkups, our dentist will thoroughly examine all the mouth’s structures to look for signs of potential problems. The health of teeth and of all soft tissue will be evaluated along with the density of the jaw. Our dentist will also provide a thorough oral cancer screening. Many people are surprised to learn that dental checkups are incredibly comprehensive and important for enjoying vibrant wellness.
Cleanings, like checkups, are very important for protecting the health of gums and teeth. A cleaning helps prevent the development of periodontal (gum) disease and controls the development of oral bacteria.
Some people think that practicing good oral hygiene is enough to protect teeth and gums from the accumulation of plaque and tartar but it isn’t. Despite our best efforts, brushing and flossing are not enough to keep oral bacteria and the harmful substances they contribute to in check.
At any moment, the mouth is home to thousands of bacterial pathogens – some of them good and many of them harmful. As we go throughout the day, bacteria feed when we eat anything that contains sugar or starch. Once bacteria feed, they release acid as a byproduct, which then leads to the formation of plaque. While brushing and flossing removes most plaque formation, some is still left behind. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, and once plaque becomes tartar, it cannot be removed with flossing or brushing alone. This is why dental cleanings are necessary.
Preventing cavities involves receiving regular dental care and practicing good oral hygiene. Bacteria and acid attack teeth, and when tooth enamel is permanently damaged, bacteria can form cavities by eating through the dentin surface of teeth.
In addition to having regular cleanings and checkups along with brushing and flossing, patients should control sugar intake to prevent bacterial colonization. Reducing acid intake is important, too, because acid weakens tooth enamel.
If you develop a toothache, it is best to call our practice and schedule an appointment right away. In most cases, a toothache is a sign that the tooth is diseased and has an infection that has reached the root. With restorations and root canal therapy, we can greatly improve oral function and a patient’s comfort.
We are the Cowdin Cosmetic Dentistry General Dentistry team. Angela (left) and Kathryn (right) have each been on our team for more than 15 years and feel like each patient, new or returning, is like extended family. Taking the time to give you a thorough cleaning each time, they both have a passion for setting your oral health up for success whether you decide to get cosmetic treatments done or not. We can’t wait to see you in our chair soon.
Preventative Dentistry involves taking care of your dental hygiene in order to prevent problems in the future. Preventative dentistry usually refers to regular brushing and flossing, but for preventative dentistry to be successful you must follow all of the advice given to you by the dentist or hygienist.
We recommend patients come in for a cleaning based on a customized plan. During your visits for cleaning the hygienist and dentist can assess what needs to be done to protect your teeth from future problems. Our hygienists look for signs of oral cancer, gum disease, grinding, broken teeth or restorations.
Dental emergencies include more than cracked or chipped teeth. You should come to the dentist for a toothache, abscesses, swollen jaw or if your crown or filling has come loose. Time is a vital factor and it is crucial you see a dentist as soon as possible. A lack of pain doesn’t mean that there isn’t a problem.