Regular exams and oral hygiene are critical to maintaining the health of teeth and gums. Dr. Casey will assess the condition of all teeth and gums, make treatment recommendations if necessary, and monitor any conditions that require special attention.
Regular oral hygiene is critical for keeping teeth healthy over the course of a lifetime. The hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth.
Dental plaque is a film of bacteria that constantly forms and sticks to teeth and it secretes acids when it comes into contact with food or drink. It can be removed with diligent brushing and flossing, but it is often difficult to remove all the plaque from all surfaces of the teeth and from under the gums.
When plaque is not removed it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a hygienist using specialized instruments. If not removed, plaque and tartar can cause cavities, gingivitis (gum disease), and tooth loss.
There is also now an established link between dental plaque and arterial plaque, making regular hygiene appointments very important to overall health.
For adults, visits are recommended at least once a year and hygiene appointments twice per year. It is recommended that children make exam and hygiene appointments twice a year.
Plaque and tartar may build up more quickly for some patients due to certain medical conditions, or habits such as smoking, an inadequate hygiene routine, and carbohydrate heavy diet. These patients may be recommended to come in several times a year for hygiene only visits.
Dentists recommend regular dental hygiene with routine check-ups to maintain optimal oral health. Dr Casey is a general dentist with a focus on family dentistry.
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