Sticking to the Six Month Rule

Our moms have always told us how important it is to go to the dentist every six months, and here at Kennedy Family Dentistry, I tend to agree. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to the long-term health of your mouth, and therefore, your body.

Your mouth endures extreme pressure, intense temperature fluctuations, and about 600 different types of bacteria every day. Combine those extremes with the sugars, starches, and acidic beverages that are consumed daily and you have a recipe for dental disaster.

It has been proven that poor dental health leads to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, diabetes complications, and low birth weight. About 80% of Americans have a form of gum disease and about 4,000 Americans die from oral cancer each year. I am not telling you this to scare you, but I want to educate you about the importance of oral health.

Good oral health starts, and is maintained, by regular checkups and cleanings. At a checkup, I’ll look for cavities, demineralization (pre-cavities), and structural problems, like cracks and chips on teeth. I will inspect your existing dental work to make sure no maintenance is needed. I will also look at your jaw joint, and examine your head, neck, and entire oral cavity to make sure that everything is healthy and functioning properly. Often, digital x-rays are taken.

At a cleaning, you will meet with one of my registered dental hygienists. She will chart information about your gums, look for signs of gum disease, and then thoroughly clean your teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and debris. Gum disease begins with plaque build-up at the gum line, so regular six-month cleanings greatly reduce your risk for developing gum disease. The hygienist will talk to you about your oral homecare routine and answer any questions you have about brushing, flossing, or dental procedures.

Oral health is a key component of your overall well being. Here at Kennedy Family Dentistry, we make your health our top priority and want you to have the healthiest smile possible. For information about children’s checkups and cleanings, please visit our website. To make an appointment, please contact our office.