Do you brush your teeth twice every day? Do you floss? Do you feel you have a healthy oral cavity that is free from infections and cavities? Great! A healthy mouth speaks a lot about one's overall state of health. Hence, dentists give a lot of prominence to routine dental care and also recommend their patients to do so.
Brush and floss every day
Brushing and flossing twice every day is essential to prevent the growth of microbes in the mouth. When we eat food or have anything to drink, the debris could get left behind on the teeth. This gives the microbes in the mouth something to feed on, thus allowing them to multiply rapidly. These microbes often release harmful acids while feeding, which could lead to cavities and several oral infections.
Removing the food debris from the mouth on a regular basis reduces the growth of microbes and keeps the mouth fresh and healthy. Also, it prevents the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth surfaces, thereby reducing the chances of developing cavities and gum diseases. One's breath would also smell fresher if optimum oral hygiene is practiced.
We suggest the usage of a mild, fluoride-rich toothpaste and a medium-soft bristled toothbrush. Also, flossing should be done with a thin, waxed piece of floss as it prevents injuries to the soft gums. Make sure you floss the sides of every tooth as the tartar deposits tend to accumulate at the interface of adjacent teeth.
No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, plaque and tartar could get deposited on the remote corners of the mouth. Also, the rear surfaces of the teeth could house tartar deposits. Hence, they have to be removed regularly. When you visit us for a consultation, we would perform scaling and root planing, which are used to remove tartar from the teeth and root surfaces respectively.
Scaling is done using a hand-held ultrasonic scaling tool. Its tip vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, which is used to dislodge the tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces. A hook-like scaling tip is used for root planing, which is the process of removing the tartar from the root surfaces. Since the scaling tip is inserted between the roots and gums, it may be painful. Hence, we would recommend administering local anesthesia.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (602) 726-1594 to have a consultation with Lemon Tree Dentistry and we’ll be able to guide you further.