An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tartar on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual needs and oral health. During your visit we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer-screening exam, check your teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions, and monitor your periodontal condition.
Fluoride treatments are provided for children during their cavity prone years.
We have an amazing team of hygienists whose goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health care. Regular six month hygiene appointments allow us to monitor existing conditions, diagnose teeth that need treatment, and help clean stubborn teeth to prevent the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis. Our hygienists are also licensed to provide dental sealants for some of our younger patients, where we can help prevent cavities in some of those tough to brush teeth.
Through regular hygiene maintenance and education at 4-6 month intervals, our practice can help you create a healthy and strong oral environment. This also allows our dentists to examine your teeth, gums, head and neck, and intervene appropriately with effective solutions to our patient’s concerns.
The Importance Of Dental Hygiene
Good oral hygiene means keeping your teeth free from decay and your mouth free from infection. Systematic oral hygiene includes regular brushing and flossing, preferably in our Lowitz Meier & Layer office, at least twice a year.
Your dental hygiene practice is actually critical to your holistic health and well-being. There have been many independent medical studies done that show a direct correlation between good dental hygiene and lower incidents of medical issues.
How does good dental hygiene affect your overall health?
Understand that your mouth is the door to the internal organs of your entire body. Your mouth also operates by detecting early symptoms of systemic diseases. Systemic diseases for example, such as diabetes, often start to become apparent as mouth lesions or even gum disease issues.
Along with possible diabetes and cardiovascular issues, here are other health complications that can result from poor oral hygiene:
- Bacterial Pneumonia
- Infective Endocarditis
- Pregnancy Complications
- Low Birth Weight
So the routine is straightforward, practice good oral hygiene with regular brushing and professional cleaning at least every 6 month or once per year at the worst.