How to Decide?
Answer the following questions:
- Do your gums bleed occasionally, particularly when you are cleaning them?
- Do you feel a foul taste in your mouth or feel like you suffer from bad breath?
- Do you suffer from sensitive or loose teeth?
- Can you see stains or buildups on your teeth?
- Do you sometimes forget to brush or floss your teeth?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with gum disease before?
- Do you have very crooked teeth that makes it hard to clean them?
- If there a history of tooth loss in your immediate family?
- Has it been over a year since your last dental cleaning?
If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then it’s probably time to see your dentist for a cleaning. You really shouldn’t go more than one year without a dental cleaning, although most dentists recommend every 6 months.
If you answered “no” to most of the above questions then maybe you can wait a few more months. But make sure to discuss with your dentist about how frequently you should present for your dentist cleanings as only your dentist can determine this for you.
The main reason we like you to maintain regular dental cleanings is to avoid developing gum disease and needing deep cleanings. Gum disease can creep on you with little to no symptoms and it may occur at any age. Some people have great teeth but bad gums and they avoid going to the dentist for years. Once they finally do show up for their cleaning they find themselves diagnosed with advanced stages of gum disease. Sometimes it may even be too late and they have to remove multiple teeth.
Don’t forget that gum disease affecting the jawbone is an irreversible condition and once you lose the supporting tissue and bone it can not be regrown. If you have symptoms of gum disease you should run to see your dentist for a cleaning right away. The symptoms may include the following. But even without any obvious symptoms you should still consider getting your gums examined regularly to ensure that you aren’t building up tartar and calculus or developing gum disease.
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1. Most dental visits rarely end up with just a simple cleaning. As you may know dentists are required to have some current X-rays on hand before they are able to give you a dental cleaning. And once they take your X-rays it is very likely that they will find something else wrong with your teeth or gums. A new cavity, a leaking old filling, a cracked tooth, gum disease or who knows what else! And with 28 or so teeth in a healthy adult mouth it isn’t too difficult to find a problem or two somewhere!
2. Simple cleanings are not expensive, but they still costs something. While simple cleanings are typically not that expensive they still will cost you something. You may be discouraged from going in for dental cleanings because you feel they are not helping you out. If your cleanings appear to be rushed or you leave the dentist and still have stained teeth and your gums continue to bleed, then chances are the problem may be with the quality of your cleaning. Unfortunately you are not going to get quality care at every single dental office. If you feel that your cleaning sessions are unsatisfactory then either talk about it to your dentist or hygienist about improving them or consider switching to another dentist, one who will give you the cleaning your mouth deserves and doesn’t compromise the health of your teeth and gums!
3. Those who do a terrific job of cleaning their teeth benefit less from dentist cleanings. Some people are incredible when it comes to taking care of their teeth. They are constantly brushing and flossing, never suffer from bleeding gums, monitor their diet and sugar consumption carefully and live their whole lives cavity free and gum disease free. If this applies to you then you can probably opt to go for less frequent cleanings. We still suggest no less than one cleaning per year as this should be the absolute least we can safely recommend. For most people two cleanings a year makes the most sense. Just don’t postpone your cleanings for too long, you just never know when something will start going wrong.
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Brushing vs. Dentist Cleaning: Dental Cleaning
How to decide if you’re brushing correctly or not?
How to brush correctly can be a challenging technique if you’re not a dentist. Answer the following questions to determine if your technique needs improvement:
- Do you often times brush for less than two minutes?
- Do you usually brush twice a day? Once in the morning and once before you sleep.
- Do you sometimes skip out on brushing your teeth because you forget or are too tired?
- Do you feel as if you are neglecting some of your teeth while brushing? Basically can you see any plaque on your teeth when you are done brushing them.
- Do your gums bleed regularly? Especially when you are performing your oral hygiene routine.
- Do you feel your teeth aren’t clean enough during brushing so you press really hard to clean them better?
- Are your back teeth sensitive to hot and especially cold? Especially right at the region where your teeth meet the gums?
- Do you continue to feel like you have bad breath or have a foul taste in your mouth?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then your brushing habits has room for improvement. You need to improve ny either brushing better, longer, more gently or more frequently. You might be better off switching to an electric toothbrush if you feel that a manual one is not getting the job done.
If you answered “no” to most of the above questions then you’re most likely brushing your teeth well. Keep up the good work!
Final thought on how to brush your teeth correctly
Brushing along with flossing are the keys to good oral health and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. You must learn how to brush your teeth to properly remove plaque buildups from teeth surfaces. This prevents both cavities and gum disease from developing. Keep in mind that learning how to brush correctly is a skill that once mastered will come naturally and serve you well for the rest of your life. Investing a few minutes a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come is always a wise decision.
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