Regular dental cleanings and checkups are the foundation of good oral health. At Forefront Dentistry, we believe strongly in preventing dental disease and addressing small dental problems before they become larger ones. Preventing problems before they start is one of the ways we try to empower our patients to maintain their oral health. Because every patient’s mouth is different, our philosophy is to customize a dental hygiene program to each individual patient’s needs. Patients with relatively healthy gums may only require a routine cleaning every 6 months. On the other hand, patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease may require a deep cleaning in conjunction with laser-assisted periodontal therapy. In such cases, 3 months intervals are typically needed in order to maintain a patient’s gum health.
At each cleaning appointment, we do complete periodontal charting at no charge to the patient because of our strong belief that educating our patients about their current state of health is the standard of care. We also customize our homecare instructions and our recommendations for dental hygiene aids to the individual patient based on their state of gum health or disease. We view our dental hygiene program as a partnership between our patients and ourselves. Our ultimate goal is to help our patients succeed at maintaining their teeth for a lifetime.
While not brushing one's teeth for one day may not cause any immediate harm, the long term effects of improper brushing and oral hygiene routines can cause serious damage. After a short time of not brushing, the teeth will start a build-up of plaque and tartar. Bad breath is also an unwelcome consequence of poor oral hygiene.
Long term consequences are more severe. Some effects include tooth decay, gum disease, or even loss of teeth. Most of these issues are caused by the build-up of plaque over time and making teeth a perfect home for bacteria. Overall, long term lack of brushing can have severe consequences.It is also important to get a professional cleaning from your dentist at least once a year, although twice a year is recommended. At a cleaning, there are a few things to expect. The appointment will typically start out with an initial exam to look for any abnormalities and check in with the patient about any dental concerns.
Then, the dentist may want to take X-rays of your mouth to check for bone loss. The final steps of the appointment involve removing plaque, polishing, flossing, and receiving a fluoride treatment. These are all steps taken to ensure proper oral hygiene and prevent oral diseases that may spring up in the future.