Tooth decay and gum disease are rampant in the United States, accounting the loss of at least one adult tooth per person for nearly half the population. Could that statistic be reduced? Benjamin Hodges DMD believes that routine dental cleanings in the 32547 area definitely help keep teeth and gums healthy, attractive and functioning well.
Good Brushing and Flossing Aren’t Enough
Even the best of brushers and flossers can’t reach all the sticky plaque and hard tartar that build-up on and between teeth and underneath the gums. This biofilm teems with oral bacteria that degrade tooth enamel and infect gum tissue, eventually compromising both dental and systemic health.
What’s the answer to keeping ahead of dental health issues? Prophylactic oral examinations and hygienic cleanings with 32547 dentist, Dr. Benjamin Hodges, and his professional staff are great weapons in the battle for vibrant, long-lasting smiles for the whole family.
Not only will your breath be fresher and your smile much brighter when you get your teeth scaled and polished, you will be assured that your oral health is on track as Dr. Hodges looks for:
- Any problems with tooth alignment and bite
- Evidence of teeth grinding (bruxism) which wears enamel and degrades restorations such as fillings
- Dental cavities
- Gum pocket depth (deeper than three millimeters is diagnostic for periodontitis)
- Oral cancer by inspecting all soft oral tissues and cervical lymph nodes
- Problems with porcelain veneers, fillings, ceramic crowns and other restorative and cosmetic work
He also uses low radiation, instant-image digital X-rays which visualize tooth roots and bone structure. Compiling his findings into a comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Hodges outlines care for each patient, recommending restorations as needed, aesthetic improvements as desired and customized mouthguards for bruxism and athletics. Fluoride treatments and plastic sealants protect against decay and dental sensitivity.
Why Every Six Months?
The American Dental Association (ADA) feels this recommendation for cleanings and check-ups with your 32547 dentist gives the “average” child through senior adult the best chance to optimize oral health. Of course, professional dental care must be balanced with good at-home hygiene and a nutritious diet.
People whose health is compromised in some way may need exams and cleanings more often. For instance, those who struggle with periodontitis need more frequent visits to get their gums healthy. Every three months is a usual recommendation for periodontal patients.
Additionally, pregnant women should see their Fort Walton Beach dentist once per trimester if possible because these women are more prone to gingivitis (mild gum disease), tooth decay and pregnancy-related benign tumors of the gums.
What About Your Dental Cleaning?
If it has been longer than six months since your last dental cleaning, don’t wait any more.
Contact Benjamin Hodges DMD for a convenient appointment.