August 15, 2016
Regular trips to the dentist can take valuable time out of your busy schedule. Is it really that important to go every six months when you’re brushing twice per day? How often do you really need to see your dentist in Washington, DC?
The answer is yes – you should see your dentist every six months. It’s never been more important to take care of your oral health, and Dr. Shakrokh Soltani is here to tell you why.
Otherwise known as gum disease, this chronic condition affects more than half of American adults. It occurs when plaque and bacteria build up below your gum line, causing the tissues and bone that support your teeth to become infected.
The problem with gum disease is that because there’s not much pain or many symptoms associated with it at first, many patients aren’t aware that they have it. If it’s left untreated however, it can lead to bone and tooth loss.
We screen for issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer at every cleaning and check up appointment. All of these conditions are more effectively treated early on, and we can use a less invasive treatment with early detection.
The Oral Systemic Connection
Dentists and physicians alike are learning more about how oral health is connected to your overall health, as gum disease is being linked with other serious health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. This is known as the oral systemic connection. When the bacteria that builds up below your gum line, it can actually enter your bloodstream and contribute to these other issues. Taking care of your oral health, means that you’re taking care of your overall health and well being.
Your hygiene team will help remove the plaque build up and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You’ll also receive tips and techniques to make the most of your home care routine. With regular cleanings and check ups, you can ensure that you’ll achieve and maintain optimum oral health, and we’re here to be your partners.
At My Face My Smile, we believe that prevention is the key to optimum oral health, and we encourage you to attend your regular cleaning and check up appointments, every six months or twice per year. For those patients managing gum disease, we may recommend additional cleanings throughout the year so we can help you protect your oral health. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment.
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