Fluoride, sealants and in-office and at-home oral hygiene--the American Dental Association says these are critical to maintaining a bright and healthy smile. But, how often should you see your dentist? At Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, Dr. Stanley Karls and Dr. Matthew Karls tell most of their patients to come in twice a year and more frequently depending on susceptibility to decay and periodontal disease. Learn here why preventive care is so important.
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You've probably seen the commercial which talks about getting your engine oil changed frequently. The idea is that if you do quality care maintenance regularly, you'll avoid costly and nerve-wracking repairs.
The same philosophy (perhaps more gently expressed) applies to preventive dentistry. Routine visits with your dentist at his Waunakee office can reduce your dental bills significantly as well as sparing your teeth and gums from complex restorative procedures and your systemic health from serious complications.
What harms oral health?
Bacteria causes both tooth decay and gum disease. Streptococcus mutans lives in the soft, sticky plaque and hard tartar which collect on teeth, in interdental spaces, and under the gums. Left undetected and untreated, cavities and periodontitis set the stage for tooth loss.
Regrettably, gum disease and systemic illnesses are intertwined, says the American Academy of Periodontology. Sick gums contribute to heart disease, diabetes. arthritis, dementia, and more.
In addition, undue physical stresses harm oral health--things such as:
- Injury to the mouth
- Uneven dental bite
- Excessive and habitual teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Jaw joint dysfunction, or TMJ
- Deterioration of dental restorations such as fillings and crowns
- Poorly fitting and dysfunctional tooth replacements (loose dentures, for example)
What you can do
The American Dental Association recommends that individuals across the age spectrum brush their teeth twice a day, floss once a day and consume a diet low in carbs and high in whole grains, phosphorous, Vitamin C, protein, calcium and water. Due diligence at home helps Dr. Karls maintain your smile.
For his part, your dentist advises twice yearly oral examinations and cleanings for most patients. Some should come to Karl Family Dentistry more frequently if they are prone to decay and gum disease, smoke, have a weak immune system or are pregnant. These special circumstances require extra vigilance.
Also, Dr. Stanley Karls and Dr. Matthew Karls want their patients to call right away in the event of a dental emergency, such as a knocked out tooth or lost filling, so they receive proper instruction in how to deal with their pressing concerns.
You'll like seeing your dentist
You'll enjoy more predictable oral health, function, and appearance, and you'll value the friendly, comfortable atmosphere at Karls Family Dentistry. If you need to schedule a cleaning and check-up, please call us at (608) 849-4100. Our office hours start early in the day for your convenience.