Want to know how to keep those teeth and gums looking and feeling their best? Who doesn’t? Most people realize that a healthy smile helps show the world that you care for yourself, and take pride in both your appearance and your health. And thanks to modern general dentistry, it has never been easier to maintain both a beautiful and healthy smile. But it does require some action on your part, both at-home, and in a dental chair!

How Often Do You Really Need to See the Dentist?

For most patients, great preventive care means visiting the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Although, some people will require more frequent visits, particularly those already struggling with dental problems like gum disease. Because gum disease cannot be cured, only treated, patients suffering with periodontal disease often need to visit the dentist more frequently, such as every three to four months for either extensive cleanings, or a form of periodontal therapy, such as a procedure called ultrasonic scaling. These treatments can help reverse the symptoms of gum disease, and lead to better overall oral health.

Could Your Overall Health Be Causing Your Smile Problems?

In some cases, other medical issues may also make it more difficult to maintain oral health. Some medications, for instance, can lead to chronic dry mouth, which increases a person’s chance of developing gum disease, cavities, and other problems. Diabetes has also been linked to periodontal disease, another term for gum disease. Though scientists are still studying the correlations between gum disease and other conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s Disease, it is clear that a healthy smile is important to maintaining a healthy body and vice versa.

So this year, vow to take as great care of your teeth and gums as you do the rest of your body, through daily hygiene and six-month checkups!

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.