A common misconception is that a dental cleaning should be performed every six months on all human beings. While that frequency for dental cleanings will be enough for many healthy adults, it isn’t always what’s best for each patient.
Why, you ask, would I be any different?
Some signs you make need more frequent cleanings.
– Hygiene and/or tartar that has built up below the gums
– Stubborn stains on teeth from things like drinking coffee
– Pronounced gum bleeding/gingivitis when flossing
– Deeper pocketing do to gum inflammation that may also be related to bone loss.
Because these factors can impact your oral health negatively, you may need to come in more often and your cleanings may require more time. Coming in every three or four months will keep your smile looking beautiful and white. It will more importantly keep your gums healthy. The less time tartar and stain are sitting on your teeth, the lower your chance of getting decay or gum disease. Missing a cleaning appointment, or not sticking with the correct re-care frequency for your mouth, could be the difference between a healthy mouth and gingivitis or periodontal disease.
The monthly re-care appointment that your hygienist chooses for you, whether it is 3 months or 6 months, is very important to maintain your health or get you back to health.
At Stamm Dental we work hard to give you home care advice for preventative maintenance as well. Check out Sharon’s blog on the Waterpik. https://www.cosmeticdentistrydenver.com/blog/why-waterpik-is-a-good-investment-and-which-one-to-choose/
Sometimes more than a “regular cleaning” is needed. Factors that require a periodontal cleaning or “deep cleaning” would be deeper pocketing, bone loss, and tartar that has built up below the gums. These are all the signs of periodontal disease. In order to get deeper under the gums, and keep the patient comfortable, sometimes requires anesthetic. More time is generally needed as well for these more in-depth cleanings. Your hygienist will typically have you back within a few weeks to evaluate the tissues, healing, and whether or not the disease has been halted. They then will require you to come in for maintenance cleanings every 3 or 4 months to maintain your oral health and keep a close eye on your tissues and bone levels. It is also very important to keep up with the home care routine that you, and your hygienist find fits your needs best, in order to prevent disease progression.
Oct 30th, 2018 5:48 pm
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Why Waterpik is a Good Investment and Which One to Choose
Dental hygiene is my life work and passion! I absolute believe a waterpik is worth the investment for longevity of your teeth and optimal gum health. Here’s why:
* Waterpiks are super easy to use! Just Youtube a short tutorial video and you’re set!
*Waterpik flossers combine water pressure with power pulses to remove harmful bacteria and plaque! Its like a massage for your mouth and there is clinical research that, if used properly, it is 29% more effective than flossing alone!
*The waterpik nozzle/tip can be directed into the gumline to effectively flush out deeper pockets in periodontitis cases! This is my favorite!!
*It has special tips to use around braces, implants, bridges and crowns! This is so cool!!
Here is our Waterpik recommendations by brand and why:
*Aquarius-It has 10 levels, easy to use handle, several different tips. Takes up some countertop space but….its TOTALLY worth it! (currently $68.98)
*Advanced Cordless-It has 3 levels, all in one water reservoir and handle, different tips and the best part….Its WATERPROOF! So you could take a shower for your body and do your teeth all at the same time! (Currently $86.69)
Where can you get one of these amazing tools? Amazon is the only place that these two waterpiks are sold–so don’t waste a trip to the store. Buy one and get started on the road to healthier gums!
(We are not reimbursed by Waterpik for the above recommendations–this is purely my choices based on personal use and professional experience.)
-Sharon, your dental hygiene champion at Stamm Dental
Oct 18th, 2018 8:03 am
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