Even adults and children with the healthiest oral hygiene routine need to have cleanings scheduled throughout the year. Whether you go to the dentist every six months on the dot or haven’t made it out in a decade, the summer is a great time to schedule a regular cleaning. Why is it important to get regular dental checkups and why is summer the best time?
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BRRR. Are you sensitive to the cold? No, we are not talking about the blizzard outside right now, Marylanders. We are talking about your teeth! If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity in response to cold food or drink, your age may be to blame. Surprisingly, tooth sensitivity increases most between the ages of 25 to 30 years old. If you practice good oral hygiene and are not showing any signs of decay, the sensitivity at this time probably isn’t a cause for concern. However, if you are experiencing sudden teeth sensitivity central to one or all of your teeth, it may be a sign of another problem.
Your mouth can be a dirty place if you don’t take proper care of it. Bacteria can live in your mouth in the form of plaque, which can lead to cavities, bad breath, gingivitis and gum disease. If you practice regular oral hygiene, you likely won’t have to live in fear of cavities and the notion that people are taking notice of your potential bad breath. Let’s talk about some tips that will help you maintain healthy oral hygiene.
Despite the advances in modern dentistry, an upcoming visit can often elicit groans and moans. However, the better job you do of keeping your teeth clean and healthy, the more likely it is we can send you off with a smile and “See you in six months!”
Proper tooth care means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth that can be reached, while flossing removes food particles and plaque that might have found its way between your teeth and under the gum line. Antibacterial mouth rinses can also go a long way to reducing bacteria in your mouth, making our job easier and your visit less intensive.
To practice preventative dentistry, consider making routine cleanings a habit. Brushing and flossing daily is a great practice to be in the habit of, but a routine cleaning can make a difference in your every day lifestyle. Some reasons you should visit your Catonsville dental hygienist regularly:
- To prevent gum disease: Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease is caused by bacterial growth in your mouth. If left untreated, it can pose serious problems to your dental health. The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Regular cleanings can help rid your teeth of plaque, bacteria, and toxins that lead to gum disease, provided you regularly brush and floss.
- To have a brighter smile: Tooth discoloration can come from smoking tobacco or drinking coffee, tea, and other beverages. Brushing can only do so much: a regular cleaning can go deeper and further, leaving you with that bright white smile you’ve always wanted.
- To prevent bad breath: Bad breath is often caused by poor oral hygiene, among other reasons. Being stuck in close quarters with someone whose breath smells is less than ideal – don’t be that person! Get your teeth regularly cleaned to keep your breath healthy. There may be underlying causes that you’re unaware of that can be assessed during a routine cleaning.
- To maintain your overall health: Studies have frequently shown evidence of a connection between a person’s oral health and their overall health. A dental cleaning every six months can potentially reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke; your dentist may also be the first to spot indicators of a serious health problem that you may not have uncovered until months down the road.
A routine cleaning can do so much more than keep your teeth healthy; it can keep your whole body healthy. Be proactive and keep your teeth healthy and clean with regular cleanings. Contact Affinity Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!
Your third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth, typically grow in between the ages of 18 and 20 years. Since that is considered to be the age when people become wiser, third molars gained the nickname, “wisdom teeth.” Unfortunately, wisdom teeth do not always grow in properly.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: When wisdom teeth are prevented from erupting into the mouth properly, they are referred to as impacted. And because impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems – such as infection and decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease, cysts and tumors – many dentists will recommend oral surgery to extract the impacted wisdom teeth. Third molar impaction is the most prevalent medical developmental disorder.
- Erupted Wisdom Teeth: Sometimes, even erupted wisdom teeth can be a problem. The dentist may recommend this if the tooth is non-functional, interfering with the bite, badly decayed, involved with or at risk for periodontal disease, or interfering with restoration of an adjacent tooth.
Many oral health specialists will recommend removal of the wisdom teeth, as early removal will help to eliminate problems, such as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar. Wisdom tooth extraction involves accessing the tooth through the soft and hard tissue, gently detaching the connective tissue between the tooth and the bone and removing the tooth.
Oral Surgery & Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Catonsville, Maryland
At Affinity Dental Associates, our oral surgeons place implants, extract teeth, reconstruct faces during orthognathic surgery, biopsy and excise oral lesions, perform apicoectomies and retrograde fillings, using IV-sedation and/or local anesthesia.
If you have any questions about Wisdom Teeth and Oral Surgery, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!