Do your gums bleed? Do you have bad breath? You shouldn’t. You needn’t. What should you do? Have your teeth cleaned!
Periodontics, is the service dentists offer in caring for the gums and the other supporting structures of the teeth. This is probably the most important service dentists offer.
In the past, when cavities were more prevalent, this aspect of dentistry was neglected. As a result, earlier generations grew up expecting to lose their teeth.
Nowadays, dentists and hygienists are able to spend a greater amount of time caring for the gums and bone around the teeth. How is this done? The main treatment in caring for the health of the bone and gums is dental cleaning.
Many people only visit the dentist when they have a problem, a toothache, or a broken tooth. What we encourage, ALL our patients to do, is come in for a proper exam and CLEANING. By taking the time to do this, your teeth and gums will remain healthier, longer. After they have been cleaned, we will then schedule what we call a recall visit.
It is a common misconception, dating back to a 1950’s toothpaste commercial, that you should visit the dentist every 6 months. After assessing, the health of your teeth and gums, we will recommend an interval of time, for when you should return for this recall visit. For most people, yes, six months is the best interval; but for many it is not. Usual intervals are 3, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months.
And remember to brush and floss between visits.