Generally, cavities can take a very long time to form, but sometimes they form more quickly, depending many factors. For example, if you began sucking cough drops with sugar regularly, or if you began consuming regular Mountain Dew every day, you likely would begin finding new cavities. Likewise, beginning a new medication could cause dry mouth, increasing the risk of cavities. Any change in habits or lifestyle can accelerate cavity formation.
How can you lower the risk of being caught by surprise? Continue your six-month exams and cleanings. You may still develop cavities, but you will have a better chance of treating them before they have caused a more serious problem. Most insurance companies fortunately cover preventative and diagnostic dental care, making it an easy choice to see your dentist regularly. If you have developed periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning more frequently.
At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we offer our patients without insurance a membership program that will encourage regular cleanings and exams. We care about you and your teeth and would prefer to see you for a regular cleaning and exam so that we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums.
The recommendation given by The American Dental Association (ADA) and by Dr. Matthew Willis at Creedmoor Family Dentistry is to clean between your teeth at least every day. Flossing daily may reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth daily with an inter-dental cleaner (like floss).
An alternative to floss may be the Waterpik Water Flosser, which has been approved by the ADA. The Waterpik Water Flosser shoots a stream of water that is safe but strong enough to remove plaque and food between your teeth. You can read more here: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers Happy Flossing!
How often do you visit the dentist and hear words you don't understand? Here are a few words you might hear in the dental office. While we try to explain in terms that everyone understands, you can show off your smarts next time you see your dentist by reading below.
PROPHYLAXIS: The dictionary definition of this is "action taken to prevent disease, especially by specified means or against a specified disease." If you visit our office and receive a prophylaxis, you have have received a cleaning for a healthy mouth. And as the word definition shows, six month prophylaxis cleanings are very important for preventing periodontal disease.
GINGIVITIS: Inflammation of the gums that is an early stage of periodontal disease characterized by red or swollen gums.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING: Sometimes called a "deep cleaning or a perio cleaning." Scaling and root planing is a cleaning procedure in which a patient will receive a deep cleaning of the teeth with the goal of slowing the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.
BITEWINGS: It may sound like a fancy kite or a something a kid would use to decorate a bike, but bitewings in a dental office are the x-rays that capture images of multiple teeth.
At Creedmoor Family Dentistry, we love to educate our patients, so feel free to ask about any terms you have an interest in understanding or knowing more about.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) website, over half of American adults "suffer from some form of gum disease." Gum disease is treatable at your dental office.
Did you know?
Please click on the American Dental Association link below to read more about gum disease myths, and be sure to see your dentist for regular hygiene appointments, where gum disease is monitored.
Fun fact: Did you know that the teeth of rabbits and squirrels never stop growing? They gnaw on bark to keep their teeth from growing too long.
Does your dental insurance maximum restart in January? Have you already paid your deductible and know you have dental work still to be done? Be sure to schedule your appointments soon to get the maximum benefit from your insurance. Our schedule fills up very quickly toward the end of the year because so many insurances rollover in January, and it can be difficult to get an appointment.