How Often Should I See A Dentist?
At Goldstein, Garber, & Salama, we are dedicated to providing the residents of Atlanta with professional, high-quality dental care in a welcoming and comfortable environment. We are proud to offer expert dental care in an enjoyable environment to make your regular dental care checkups a breeze. While many people assume that they don’t need to see a dentist unless they have a toothache or other specific pain, the truth is it that seeing your dentist every six months is critical to maintaining good oral health. Along with consistent brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups are one of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy and, in turn, improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Your Child’s First Visit
It’s important to get your child started on the path to great oral health early on in their life. Schedule your child’s first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday, whichever occurs first. At your child’s first checkup, our dentists will check the progress of the emerging teeth, review proper brushing techniques, and answer any of your questions. Beyond the medical benefits of having your child visit the dentist, this first visit is also a great opportunity for your child to become comfortable with visiting the dentist - a mentality that will benefit them for life!
Visiting your trusted family dentist in Atlanta on a regular basis key for maintaining your health and wellbeing. Seeing the dentist for regular checkups is the proven best way to prevent gum disease from happening and to ward off cavities, and can also help you keep your teeth bright and white. Our team recommends coming into our office for a checkup and teeth cleaning every six months, but you may want to visit the dentist more often if you:
- If you are pregnant. Pregnancy hormones can cause gingivitis and other oral health problems.
- If you smoke. Tobacco use is a risk factor for periodontitis and for oral cancer.
- If you're undergoing cancer treatment. Cancer treatment may cause oral health problems such as dry mouth and infection.
- If you have diabetes. People with diabetes have a higher risk of gum disease, fungal infections, and other oral problems.
- If you have heart disease. Dental health is linked to heart health, and frequent dental cleanings may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- If you're in pain. If you have tooth or gum pain that doesn't go away or gets worse, or if your gums are red, swollen or bleeding easily, make an appointment.
- You notice something unusual. You should call your Atlanta dentist if you notice something unusual like a sore in your mouth that doesn't heal or a tooth that suddenly becomes unusually sensitive to heat, cold or pressure.
How Can I Protect My Teeth Between Dentist Visits?
While having dental cleanings and checkups every six months is important, it is equally as important for you and your children to employ proper oral hygiene techniques at home. Caring for your teeth, gums and tongue is easy if you follow just a few guidelines:
- Brush regularly. Gently brush your tooth at least twice a day, and after every meal if possible. Brush on every surface of your teeth for at least two minutes total. When you are unable to brush your teeth after a meal, be sure to drink lots of water.
- Floss daily. Flossing daily is just as important as brushing your teeth. Flossing removes plaque under your gum line and between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing can also help you get rid of bad breath. Be sure to rinse well with water after flossing.
- Eat well. Eat a diet rich in nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which can keep your gums from becoming inflamed.
- Avoid piercings. Oral piercings in the tongue and lip areas can cause infections, bleeding, and nerve damage to your mouth. They can also cause damage to tooth enamel or even break your teeth.
- Avoid tobacco. Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes doesn't only stain your teeth and gums - it also adds to overall tartar buildup on your teeth, which can lead to cavities.
- Limit sugar. Sugar in foods mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to quickly form plaque on your teeth. That's why our Atlanta family dentists warn children and adults to stay away from sugary foods like candy, fruit snacks and soda. Sticky foods can also get stuck in between teeth and hold the sugar in place.
- Replace your toothbrush. Your toothbrush is your primary tool for getting rid of plaque and food particles in your mouth. It's also a place where bacteria can grow. Be sure to keep it fresh by replacing it at least every three months - or more often if you were sick with the flu or any other infection.
Schedule A Checkup With Your Atlanta Dentist Today!
At Goldstein, Garber & Salama, we believe that keeping your teeth healthy with regular dental visits is of the utmost importance. That’s why we offer a comprehensive roster of dental services including dental hygiene, restorative services, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Call us at 404.261.4941 today or make an appointment online to visit our welcoming Atlanta dental office for your next checkup. We look forward to seeing you!