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What is The Importance of Regular Dental Examinations?

Why does your dentist want to schedule another appointment with you so soon - even if today's oral examination was perfect?

Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. For maximum benefit, a good home care regimen should be supplemented with regular examinations at intervals decided between you and Dr. Cloth. (Depending on the status of your oral health, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits).

After a professional cleaning, plaque (as well as stains from food, beverages and tobacco), begins to build-up almost immediately. Over time, plaque build-up hardens into bacteria-laden tartar (or calculus), which can only be removed by a professional in a dental office.

Your dental exam involves far more than cleaning your teeth!

Dental cleanings and check-ups are extremely important. Your dentist can prevent problems before they become problematic. Regular check-ups and cleaning help maintain healthy teeth for a life time.

Tooth Decay describes the break down of strong healthy teeth over time. Your tooth's surface is composed of a hard mineral coating called enamel. Enamel is the hardest tissue in your body, but by no means indestructible.

Enamel is constantly exposed to naturally occurring oral bacteria. These bacteria contribute to plaque formation on your teeth (the fuzzy feeling your tongue sometimes feels when rubbing up against your teeth). Plaque combines with sugars to eat away at enamel, causing holes known as cavities.

Brushing your teeth, flossing and regular dental visits will help keep plaque under control. Leaving plaque on your teeth can lead to tartar build-up and decay. Brushing and flossing alone can not remove tartar.

Tips for Keeping your Mouth Beautiful:

Brush After Lunch

Look both ways before you cross the street, always hold an adult’s hand and brush your teeth after every meal were good pieces of advice when you were a kid. Well guess what, you should always look both ways, it's nice to hold someone's hand and you should still brush your teeth after every meal.

Make a habit out of keeping a toothbrush at the office and take a moment to clean your teeth after lunch, (your email can wait).

Keep your office toothbrush well covered, dry it after each use and change it more frequently than your home brush (due to office germs). Brushing your teeth will help protect them from decay, refresh you, and get rid of the garlic taste from that pasta you ate, your mouth will appreciate it and so will your coworkers.

Salivary Flow. Salivary Flow decreases at night, so saliva's protective ability is diminished. So watch late night sugar intake, and make your bedtime brush a thorough one.

Scrape your tongue daily. The surface of your tongue contains huge numbers of microbes.

Brush and Floss Twice Daily. This helps to prevent cavities by removing the plaque which causes tooth decay and is an extremely important tool in preventing gum disease.

Bad Breath Could be the Result of a Dental Problem. In many situations, there is a direct link between bad breath and a dental condition. Mouthwash will only mask the problem, not treat it.

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