A cleaning twice a year is the best way to prevent serious dental problems from developing and emptying your wallet. When we see you regularly, we can spot trouble coming and head it off at the pass, saving you money, time, and discomfort.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6 months, it’s time for a cleaning. If it’s been a couple of years, it’s definitely time! Don’t worry; we won’t shame you for calling and making an appointment at our Kerrville dentist’s office. The important thing is that you are seeking dental care now.
Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus, also called scale) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth.
Even if you have the best oral hygiene routine, there is always extra plaque and tartar that can build up between teeth and below the gum-line. If tartar is allowed to accumulate on the teeth, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to your gums, which can lead to infection and gum disease.
The purpose of a cleaning and polishing by your dentist is to leave the surfaces of your teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home brushing and flossing.
Dr. Butler employs two full time hygienists who are experts at removing tartar and plaque, and who can show you how to brush and floss correctly for optimal oral health.
All of the professional cleanings in the world will lose value if you don’t follow up at home. The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and inhibit bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease. ADA-Accepted antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes have substantiated these claims by demonstrating significant reductions in plaque and gingivitis.
Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a fluoride mouth rinse and fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by fluoride toothpaste alone.
You should always check the manufacturer’s label for precautions and age recommendations and talk with Dr. Butler and our hygienists about the use of fluoride mouth or antimicrobial mouth rinses. Rinses should not be used by children under six years old.
Are you ready for a cleaning? Call your Kerrville family dentist at (830) 257-4900 and schedule an appointment today!