It should be a well-known fact to most people that regular dentist visits are an important part of general dental care. It’s widely accepted that every six months is a good schedule to follow for gum disease prevention. However, what’s not widely known is that some people may benefit from regular visits with their dental hygenist on a more frequent basis, such as every three or four months. Some people are more prone to plaque build-up than others. Removing plaque from your teeth prevents the development of gingivitis and other oral health problems.
Diabetics are prone to gum disease more than non-diabetics. Diabetes lowers the body’s ability to fight off infection. In addition, gum disease has been shown to be a precursor or possibly even a cause of heart disease, so it’s especially important for diabetics to take extra care of their teeth and gums.
Your dental hygenist does more for you than just removing plaque from your teeth. She polishes your teeth at each visit as well. Polishing makes your teeth feel smooth – a familiar feeling we all love after our regular dental visits. Polished teeth are better at preventing the build up of plaque which causes gingivitis. Your hygenist will also floss between your teeth and review recommended brushing and flossing techniques, addressing any problem areas or potential problem areas, to head off future issues that could be become painful and costly.
Besides frequent dental cleaning, it’s important to maintain good oral health habits. Brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. If you wear dentures, take them out and clean them once a day. Do you smoke? Visit a smoking cessation specialist to get support to end that habit as soon as possible. Smoking is a major cause of some mouth and throat cancers. Quitting smoking could be one of the most important things you do to improve your oral health. After you’ve quit smoking is a great time for teeth whitening! We can help restore your yellowed teeth to a wonderful shiny smile that people will notice and you will love.
If you’re looking for a great family dental office where your whole family will feel at home, make an appointment today to meet with one of our dental professionals at either our Tomball or Spring, Texas locations.