When is the last time you went to the dentist? If you can’t remember, it’s time to go! A regular checkup for dental cleanings at the dentist is not a scary experience. Even when your dentist finds something, early detection means easier treatment.
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your Houston dentist twice per year. Furthermore, you should also get x-rays once per year.
The main component of a dental checkup is a cleaning and sometimes a fluoride treatment.
If you’re afraid of seeing the dentist, this is the best procedure you could do. It’s painless and helps keep your teeth healthy so you don’t need to come back for extensive work.
Dental cleanings seek to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is bacterial waste material. If it builds up, it protects the bacteria, allowing them to feed on your teeth or get under your gums.
When plaque hardens, it forms tartar, which is harder to get rid of. While regular brushing can clear away most plaque, you’ll need a professional dental cleaning to get rid of tartar.
Cleanings also help restore the naturally white appearance of teeth. As we age, our teeth become a slightly yellow color, even if we keep up with oral care at home.
Additionally, some foods and drinks like coffee, certain berries, wine, and cola can stain teeth. Certain medications may also cause staining.
When bacteria or certain foods wear down the protective mineral layers (enamel) of your teeth, it’s easier for bacteria to cause damage.
Brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste helps restore some of this protective mineral layer, but a fluoride treatment is far more effective.
All sorts of foods and drinks can deplete fluoride. Acidic foods like orange juice and grapes can wear down fluoride pretty quickly. Sodas are also major factors.
A lifetime of eating and drinking these things can wear out the protective layers of your teeth.
With a fluoride treatment, your Houston dentist uses a high concentration of fluoride to remineralize your teeth. This restoration protects your teeth from acid, bacteria, and carbonation.
Keep up with regular brushing using a fluoridated toothpaste to prolong this protection, but don’t hesitate to see your dentist for a cleaning and remineralization treatment if needed!