How Often Should You Visit your Garden City Dentist?

  • By gardencity
  • 14 Sep, 2016
When we purchase a home, we work hard to maintain it.  Preventive maintenance keeps our homes secure and boosts curb appeal. The same applies to our dental care. Dr. Peter Vastardis, Garden City dentist, recommends 6-month oral exams and hygienic cleanings to protect, strengthen and beautify our teeth and gums and keep them strong for […] The post How Often Should You Visit your Garden City Dentist? appeared first on Garden City Dental Blog.

Is One Mouth the Same as Another?

In other words, do all people experience the same risk factors concerning their oral health? The answer is no. Mouths are not all created equal. Some people are genetically predisposed to hard enamel, and others are prone to decay or gum disease. Also, individuals with diabetes, who smoke, have periodontal disease and or are undergoing active cancer treatment do not have the same dental care needs as others in perfect oral and systemic health.
The American Dental Association says that your dentist in Garden City is the best person to determine how frequently you should visit the office for routine exams and cleanings. However,  a general rule for how often to visit Garden City Dental Associates is this: see Dr. Vastardis every 6 months whether you are a child, teen, adult or senior. Preventive dental treatments remove plaque and tartar, major risks for gum disease and decay, and exams detect problems while they are small and simpler to remedy.

What Routine Care Involves and Why

Your 6-month visit involves:
  • Visual inspection for tooth decay
  • Measure of periodontal pocket depth (> 3mm is diagnostic for gum disease)
  • Digital X-rays as needed to look for hidden decay and problems with roots and bone structure
  • Bite assessment
  • Oral cancer screening ( to look for this potentially deadly malady using Velscope technology or PeriRX SaliMark saliva testing)
  • Assessment of wear (acid erosion, teeth grinding, aging) on tooth enamel and restorations such as dental fillings, bridgework and crowns
  • TMJ (jaw joint) function
A routine visit includes a thorough dental cleaning in which the hygienist scales teeth to remove plaque and tartar from interdental spaces and the gum line. She also flosses and polishes tooth surfaces to a shiny finish.
Dr. Vastardis shares his exam findings with the patient, discusses his or her concerns and formulates a treatment plan to include future preventive services, restorations as needed and cosmetic changes the patient would like. It’s a make a plan and work the plan method that keeps oral health on track and smiles, strong and bright.

Prevent Emergencies

Keeping on top of dental health avoids many urgent or emergency situations such as lost fillings and crowns, cracked teeth, toothaches and abscesses. Dr. Vastardis recommends sports guards for patients involved in contact sports and customized night guards to protect teeth from clenching and grinding. Just a little thought and care on a regular basis wards off many serious and painful problems.

Come See Us

If you need to arrange your routine exam and cleaning, contact Garden City Dental Associates for a convenient appointment time.
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