Do You Really Need To Schedule a Dental Appointment Twice a Year?

Phoenix Dental OfficeYou brush those beautiful veneers every day and floss around your implants. You use a mouthwash and brush your tongue. With all this careful attention to your teeth, do you really still need to see a dentist at least twice a year?

In a word, yes.

“Much more than cleaning happens on a routine dental visit,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “And much of what happens is about helping you keep your teeth well into the elder years,” she continues.

What’s the benefit of seeing your dentist regularly?

You cant do it all

Much as you like to think that you are doing a perfect job cleaning your teeth, you really can’t. You gums tuck up against your teeth (or implants) but the fit is not solid. Plaque that is not completely removed can get into the space between the tooth and gum. Small spaces (pockets) form around each tooth.

The National Institute of  Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)  reports what happens next: “The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.”

Prevent gum disease in the dental office

Your dentist can check your gums for signs of inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and take steps to treat it early. “Early treatment prevents gingivitis from turning into periodontitis—the point at which you start to lose bone around a tooth,” says Dr. Ford. “And early treatment is a way to prevent trouble before it starts. And preventing trouble is the shortcut to a sparkling smile.”

 

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