How often do you visit a dentist? Our family dentist in Largo recommends twice-yearly dental cleanings in order to find oral health problems early so that they don’t negatively affect your dental health and wellness. Not to mention, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about dental implants, if you are missing teeth, and teeth whitening and straightening services that can help you improve the appearance of your teeth.
Benefits of Twice Yearly Cleanings
The old recommendation was for dental cleanings once a year. However, that may not be enough for most individuals, especially as you get older and develop chronic health conditions that can also affect the health of your teeth and gums, like high blood pressure and diabetes.
1. You’ll Reduce Your Risk of Developing Gum Disease
Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, which can make it difficult to chew and speak clearly. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which is characterized by inflamed, red gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis can be reversed with proper professional dental care. However, when gingivitis worsens into periodontal disease, it’s less likely to be reversible. Instead, periodontal disease is typically only manageable with professional dental cleanings every three months.
This is because periodontal disease causes deep pockets between the tooth root and the gum. These pockets harbor bacteria and infection, and they cannot be cleaned with regular at-home oral hygiene products. Your manual or electric toothbrush and floss can only reach about 3mm below the gum line. Periodontal disease is diagnosed when the pockets between the teeth and gums reach 4mm or deeper, and advanced or severe periodontal disease is diagnosed when the pockets reach 8mm or deeper. The only way these deep pockets can be cleaned is with the professional teeth cleaning tools at your local dentist or periodontist.
2. You’ll get Oral Health Problems Treated Promptly
Getting your teeth cleaned and your mouth examined can help treat oral health problems at the earliest stages. For example, if your dentist notices a cavity, it can be cleaned and filled on the same day as your dental cleaning. If we notice the beginning stages of gingivitis, we can schedule a deep cleaning in order to remove all the plaque and bacteria below your gum line in order to reduce the inflammation and restore your gums to a healthy pink so that you don’t develop periodontal disease. If you are missing teeth from previous tooth extractions, we can help you choose the right tooth-replacement treatment, including affordable dental implants.
Scheduling an Appointment at Our Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
If it’s been six months or longer since your last dental appointment, our family and cosmetic dentists would be happy to have you schedule an appointment for an oral health and wellness examination and dental cleaning. If you’re a new patient, our initial forms are available online so that you can fill them out online and register with us, or you can fill them out while you wait for your appointment. Each initial exam included digital x-rays of your teeth, an oral health examination that looks for signs of gum disease and cavities and professional dental cleaning.
While you are at our office, you can also inquire about our other services, like clear aligners, teeth whitening, and our restorative dental services. These include dental implants, CEREC crowns and bridges for teeth replacement. If you are nervous about your dental appointment or feel anxious because you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, we do offer sedation dentistry that can help you relax. Just remember to bring a driver with you.
To schedule your next dental appointment at our family and cosmetic dentistry in Largo, FL, give us a call at 727-581-1869.