When you come in for an examination and a cleaning, you’re getting both the benefits of early detection and of preventive care, which together serve to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. At Advanced Dental Care, we recommend that you come in two times per year.
In addition to the prevention afforded by your visits to see our dentist in Tallahassee, it’s important for you to engage in some strategies at home. Brush your teeth at least two times per day, when you wake up and then again before you go to sleep. It’s even better if you can brush them after meals, too. Flossing should be done thoroughly, getting between each tooth. Once per day, at bedtime, is ideal. The above routine will succeed in removing dental plaque, the film-like bacterial substance whose acids are the cause of tooth decay and gum disease. It is possible, and not uncommon, for some plaque to avoid the reach of your toothbrush and dental floss, which would then harden and become tartar. You cannot eliminate it on your own, but a teeth cleaning will do so. When you come in to see our dentist in Tallahassee, it’s a cornerstone of the session that also includes a physical and visual inspection of your teeth and gums, and x-rays as needed. A cleaning eradicates tartar and any residual plaque, but that’s not all. It also reverses the effects of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Sometimes, in stubborn cases, it may require a second cleaning for maximum effects.
After you get a teeth cleaning, you’ll be less prone to future cavities and gum disease, and your existing gum disease will not be able to progress, thereby putting you at risk for consequences like bleeding when brushing, receding gums, and persistent bad breath. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Tallahassee.