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We recommend that professional dental cleanings should be performed at least twice a year. Good oral health is important regardless of how old you are and as people age, their risk for an oral infection continues to increase. This is in part because, as teeth age, the protective enamel starts to wear away, and it can become easier to get a cavity. The best way to prevent this is by brushing and flossing throughout the day in addition to visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
Regularly scheduled dental cleaning and examinations can help to prevent a dental emergency. Many adults go far too long in between visits to the dentist. As a year or two goes by, infections can develop that can create a painful situation and lead to dental emergencies. For example, a minor cavity can be corrected with minimal discomfort. But if the infection spreads into the center of the tooth, the dental pulp can become infected and a root canal will be necessary. Fortunately, these types of infections can typically be avoided by scheduling an appointment twice a year.
While getting your teeth cleaned and examined, we will also discuss ways that you can keep your teeth and gums healthy at home. We believe that good oral hygiene at home is important to do in conjunction with visiting our office. Use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This will keep harmful sugar and bacteria off of your teeth and the fluoride will help to strengthen them. You should also floss daily to get food particles and bacteria out of hard to reach places. Following up with an antibacterial mouthwash will help to remove any remaining germs.
Your diet is also important for your oral health. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a diet that contains dairy products, lean protein, green vegetables and complex carbs. We can provide additional tips and information during your dental cleaning and examinations.