1033 Regents Boulevard, Suite 201
Tacoma, WA 98466
4303 Bridgeport Way West
University Place, WA 98466
Dr. Kelcey Rhodes
34617 11th Place S. Suite 102
Puyallup , WA, 98371
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6001 100th Street SW
Lakewood, WA, 98499
Dr. Arash Niazi Sharaki DMD
5122 Olympic Dr. NW #B101
Gig Harbor , WA, 98335
1418 112th Avenue NE Suite 200
Bellevue,, WA, 98004
The chemistry of your mouth is as unique as your signature. No two are exactly alike. And so, when it says in popular magazines that "you" need only a dental hygiene appointment twice a year to stay in good dental health, some dentists get very concerned. They don't know you. They're referring to an "average" patient. Dental insurance plans also tend to believe in this mythical "average patient" and may not pay for more than a bi-annual visit.
Sure, two visits are fine for many patients, even most. But some mouths build up more deposits of calculus than others. Some mouths are naturally decay-prone. Still others, and this is critical, may be showing signs of periodontal problems.
Bleeding gums need to be taken seriously. They're signs of an infection that can be a significant risk factor for heart disease. If you had a bleeding sore on your hand that didn't heal you'd get to a doctor and have him check it out, right? Type I perio (gingivitis) consists of tender gums and a little bacteria-filled pocket between your tooth and gum. It's easily treatable at this point. But if the infected pockets are allowed to enlarge, that inflammation can extend to the bone beneath and erode it.
Your dentist's concern is for your overall oral health and your teeth, not whether you've made the standard number of appointments for this year. He or she wants the chemistry to be right in your mouth… and between the two of you.
How many times have you heard your dentist and dental hygienist tell you to floss? You nod your head and, maybe, you try flossing for a while. Then old habits take over. Well, it bears repeating: is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Bacteria accumulate between the teeth and where the tooth meets gum tissue. Every 24 hours brings a new batch. Brushing won't get rid of the bacteria, flossing correctly will.
Flossing before or after brushing should be a part of your home oral health care program. It doesn't matter which floss you use, and it doesn't require special skills, although practice makes perfect.
Here's a general routine to follow: wrap floss around your fingers, leaving five to six inches to work with. Keep the floss tight.
When the floss frays, re-loop the floss and continue flossing.
If you feel as if you're all thumbs, use a flossing threader. Your dentist or dental hygienist can show you how.
Choose a section of teeth; say your upper molars, which are most difficult to reach. Follow the curve of enamel on every surface, reaching wherever you can, with about three passes each time.
If an opening between teeth is tight, you may have to gently pull the floss toward the gum line. Be careful not to damage soft tissue.
Work from the back teeth toward the front while flossing, and then repeat the process on the other side. Rinse when you're done. The time you invest in plaque removal will pay real dividends at your next dentist cleaning visit. Your dental hygienist will be proud!