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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.
Pay me now, or pay me later
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.
You might think that brushing your teeth is the morning after breakfast and before you go to bed at night are all of its needed to keep cavities from forming. This is the viewpoint of a lot of patients seen at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, Wisconsin. While brushing twice today is certainly a good habit to develop, dental hygiene requires a bit more effort to maintain the teeth and gums. Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls have provided more information that they encourage all their patients to use to maintain their oral health.
Brushing your teeth is certainly the most well known and commonly followed oral hygiene practice. However, many people don't brush thoroughly enough, leaving food particles behind that develop into plaque. The optimal amount of time to brush at each session is two full minutes, which may seem a little daunting at first. You can also set a timer until you get into a routine. It's also important to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your particular needs. Textures of toothbrush bristles vary from soft to stiff, and toothpastes can contain whitening agents, breath-freshening ingredients, or cleaning abrasives. Your Waunakee dentist will give you recommendations.
This part of oral hygiene is often overlooked, but it's one of the most effective ways to prevent decay. Flossing removes debris from between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Fortunately, flossing once a day is a process that can be easily worked into your routine.
Visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning might be toward the bottom of your priority list, especially with all the other obligations you have. It's important, however, to keep these appointments with your Waunakee dentist. A thorough cleaning from our hygienist will remove any tartar on your teeth, which brushing and flossing cannot do. This also allows them to monitor your teeth for any problems that may be developing before they become difficult to treat.
If you need some "brushing up" on your oral hygiene routine, schedule an appointment at Karls Family Dentistry today. We'd be happy to help you get on the right track to better oral health!