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The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. Dr. Brogdon will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. By looking for trouble every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems.

BRUSHING

Brushing your teeth at least twice daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss.  Use a soft-bristle brush and a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and food particles.  Replace your brush every two to three months.

FLOSSING

You may experience sore or bleeding gums for the first several days you floss.  If bleeding continues after the first week of flossing call your dentist.  If you have trouble handling the floss, ask your dentist about the use of a floss holder, or other types of interdental cleaning aids.

GUM HEALTH

Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home.

PLAQUE AND TARTAR CONTROL

Patients often confuse plaque and tartar and how they are related to each other.

Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on teeth.  Saliva, food and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and where teeth and gums meet.

Plaque buildup is the primary factor in periodontal (gum) disease.  Fighting plaque is a life-long component of oral care. Plaque begins forming on teeth within hours after brushing which is why it is so important to brush at least twice a day and floss daily.

Plaque not removed by regular brushing and flossing can harden into unsightly tartar (also called calculus).  This crusty deposit creates a cohesive bond that can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist.  Tartar formation may also make it more difficult for you to remove new plaque and bacteria.  The prevention of tartar buildup above the gum line has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on gum disease.

You can help reduce the formation of calculus by:

  • Brushing with an ADA accepted tartar control toothpaste.

  • Having your teeth cleaned professionally every six months, or more frequently as recommended by your dentist or hygienist.

Individuals vary greatly in their susceptibility to plaque and tartar.  For many of us, these deposits build up faster as we age.  Fighting tartar is a life-long component of oral care