What about those Bi-Annual Dental Check-ups

What about those Bi-Annual Dental Check-ups

Dental check-ups and modern dental history

Just a few decades ago dentist did little preventative work. Most dentist visits were set up to fix an often painful problem. People went to their local dentist because something was hurting or broken or both. Having bad breath was almost the norm. Fifty years ago, as toothpaste was becoming a commercially competitive product and as science was isolating ways to prevent cavities, dentist began recommending more and more preventative care. It’s working too.

Five decades ago adults, on average, experienced twice as many permanent teeth lost over a lifetime as they do now. Cavity incident keeps seeing lower and lower numbers. Dentist and dental hygienist prevent and help reverse more cases of gum disease and decay than ever before.

How frequent do check-ups really need to be?

Every patient and every mouth is different. On average most people benefit from a twice a year check-up with their dentist. Due to genetics and biology, some patients need to be seen slightly less and some slightly more. In the occasional patient there are circumstances that predicate a increased schedule of visits. You may even need appointments as frequently as every three to four months. Higher risk patients include those who;

  • Smoke
  • Pregnant women
  • Diabetics
  • People with current gum disease
  • People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
  • People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque

How to determine the right frequency of visits for you

First, discuss your oral health with your dentist, ensure you’ve established a good at home hygiene regimen. Keep in mind that during a lifetime your dental needs may change, times of stress or illness for example. Then, if you have no cavities, no symptoms of gum disease and are experiencing no other dental issues for a significant  period of you time, your dentist may start extending the time between your dental visits.

Oral health hygiene linked to heart disease and oral and throat cancer

Heart Disease Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene

This year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is estimated to claim 600,000 lives.  That, easily, makes heart disease America’s number one killer!
Right now you are wondering why in the heck I am talking to you about heart disease. What could I possibly be thinking, you might even wonder if I hit my head or have heatstroke. After all a Dental Expert spouting off statistics about heart disease is a bit strange. Here’s the surprising thing: It’s not. Did you know that heart disease and poor oral hygiene are linked?

Our mouths are a pathway into our body, the bacteria and viruses that we are exposed to, or that are growing in our mouth, can pass into our bloodstream. That is true particularly when there is significant inflammation and disease in and around our gums.  There can be between 500 and 1000 DIFFERENT types of bacteria in the average mouth.  Every surface in your mouth grows bacteria. Some are beneficial, some are really dangerous. A clean and healthy mouth is likely to have 100,000 to 500,000 bacteria swimming around, a mouth that is not well taken care of, a dirty mouth, it can have over a million bacteria just hanging out causing inflammation and gingivitis and rot.

What we know definitively is that the more bacteria you have in your mouth the higher the likelihood you are going to have more bad bacteria than good ones. We also know that bacteria in the bloodstream can stick to heart valves as well as cause blood clots. Bacteria sticking to heart valves can damage and even destroy the valves. Additionally the bacteria in the bloodstream can attach to the walls of blood vessels increasing the chance to create clots.

Cancer and Oral Hygiene

There are undisputed and definitive links between throat cancer and oral health and hygiene.  In one study patients who rated their oral health as “poor” were at an over all at a higher risk for testing positive for precancerous cells.  Cells that can eventually lead to cancer.  It’s already known that poor oral hygiene is tied to a heightened risk of oropharyngeal cancer. With just under 12,000 cases of oropharyngeal cancer that occur among Americans each year, it’s a safe assumption that if you could drastically reduce your risk with good oral hygiene you would.


Your Healthy Mouth Keeps the Rest of You Healthy.

Science hasn’t yet answered all the questions about how the health of our mouth will and can affect our overall health, but as a medical professional I feel compelled to advocate and educate so that we can each make choices that give the biggest positive impact to our bodies.

It’s Prevention Medicine at its Best!

Good habits of brushing and flossing might be the most basic route to reduce these risks.  Two simple things, yet fundamental, that get rid of bacteria trying to stick to the surfaces in our mouth, eventually forming plaque.  Every time you skip brushing or flossing you give bacteria a better environment to grow in and for plaque.  Plaque that can cause inflammation, inflammation that is believed to be linked to the root of other serious health issues.

Eat a healthy diet and stay away from excess sugar and starchy carbs as these feed the bacteria the sugars they need to thrive. All kinds of things we eat can impact how clean and healthy our mouths stay here are some great tips on foods that are especially good.

As always if you have questions we would love to hear schedule a visit or a consultation and help you get the healthiest mouth possible.


Importance Of Regular Dental Checkups

dental-checkupHow Important Are Regular Dental Checkups?

Living in Houston there is probably not one person you know that doesn’t own a motor vehicle. Cars are literally the only form of transportation in this big city. A person without a car is completely stranded, not being able to go about their daily activities such as: work, school, shopping, and eating. If your car were to break down one fine day, would you be upset or what? That is the exact reason people have their cars checked almost every month when they go in for an oil change, to make sure everything is fine and smooth. That is why we go in to see our family physician periodically to make sure that our bodies are functioning in the right manner. And that is the exact reason the importance of regular dental checkups in imminent.

Just like how our cars and bodies need to be checked for anything wrong or irregular, our teeth need to be checked in the same. There is no doubt that most of you take care of your teeth very competently, but there are some of you who don’t even do that. Statistics show that up to 25% of Americans have bad breath and a great percentage of that 25% actually take care of their teeth on a regular basis. But taking of your teeth yourself just doesn’t cut it. Tons of things have to be done yearly to your teeth to make sure that you are good and healthy with nothing to worry about. The regular cleaning of teeth should be done at least 1-2 times per year. This is the cleaning besides the two times a day you are supposed to brush your teeth. Simple brushing of the teeth does not have the same effect as when you professionally have your teeth cleaned to remove all the plaque that is caught up around the teeth.

Don’t fall victim to bad habits by not coming and getting your routine dental checkup. With the great staff that Dr. Marilyn K Jones has at her office you will feel right at home. Dr. Jones is one of the top dentists in the Houston area and has an immaculate track record in the health field to support her cause of making sure that you have the best and healthiest teeth possible. Regular checkups are very important for the well-being of your teeth, pick up the phone and call Dr. Jones office to know for yourself.

Call our office today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust (713) 785-7767