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.

Tips For Healthy Teeth

Great Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Healthyhappy tooth

Ever since we were young we have been taught that we need to brush, floss, and mouthwash to make sure to keep our teeth healthy. These three basic things are so common that we tend to even forget about their existence at times. Not paying attention to what we are doing and how we are doing it will eventually lead to our teeth not looking the way they used to. The last that thing that you want from your teeth to look like are dark yellow. The last thing that you want to go the dentist office for is a cavity. And the last type of disease that you want to have is a disease in your mouth. Keeping your teeth healthy is something that should be taken seriously and not fooled around with.

Discussed here are some tips for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile:

  • Brushing: We know that we all have to brush twice a day, but whether you are brushing the appropriate way or not is what makes the difference in your teeth being healthy or not. Always take your time when brushing your teeth; rushing is just as bad as not having brushed at all. Use bristles that are comfortable for your teeth and gums. Use the proper motion of actually brushing on your teeth by going forwards and backwards while not forgetting to brush the insides of your teeth as well.
  • Flossing: This probably the most overlooked aspect of keeping teeth healthy. People tend to dismiss flossing from their teeth cleaning routine because they feel it doesn’t do much, when in reality flossing helps reach the spot in between the teeth that a toothbrush could never reach. It helps remove all the plaque in between the teeth and surrounding the gum lining. Make sure to floss daily to ensure your teeth can be as healthy as possible.
  • Mouthwash: Though not as important as the other two methods to keep a set of healthy teeth, this is a very good way to make sure that you are keeping your teeth healthy. People that regularly mouthwash are much less likely to get gingivitis and excessive plaque. On average, people should mouthwash twice a day to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their teeth healthy and bright.

Having experience in the dental field and knowing the importance of having clean, healthy teeth is what Dr. Marilyn K Jones has been about ever since she received dental degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jones has been a great student of health throughout her life, and knows what is needed to keep a person healthy and their teeth happy.

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