Adult Preventative Care:
Q: How often should I get my teeth
The American Dental Association recommends that adults with
healthy mouths have their teeth cleaned every six months. Adults
who are undergoing orthodontic treatment, who have gum problems,
who are pregnant, or who have other health problems may need
to have more frequent cleanings. Your hygienist will help you
determine the treatment that will give you the healthiest smile
Q: Do adults need to have x-rays
Bitewing x-rays are recommended once a year for all patients,
adults and children. These x-rays help to diagnose decay between
the teeth and bone loss around the teeth. We also recommend
a panoramic x-ray every three to five years to help monitor
the TMJ joint, to look for cysts and polyps, or any other anomalies
in the bone. We may also need to take other x-rays for specific
procedures such as crowns and root canals.
Q: Can adults still benefit from
Yes, fluoride is still beneficial for adults. Not only does
the topical fluoride help to strengthen enamel and remineralize
areas that could turn into cavities, but it can also decrease
sensitivity due to gum recession, help to keep exposed cementum
on crowned teeth from getting decay, and help reduce the risk
of root caries on exposed teeth. If you have invested money
in crowns, bridgework, or fillings, then fluoride is a must!!
It prevents decay from starting all around your dental work,
thus extending the life and longevity of your dental work.
Q: Is there anything else that
will help me prevent cavities?
Studies have shown that products containing xylitol (a naturally
occurring sugar substitute derived from corn) or licorice root
can help to reduce the risk of cavities. When used in the proper
doses, these products kill the bacteria that cause decay. Ask
one of our hygienists or assistants for specific products and