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How often should you see your hygienist for dental cleanings?

October is National Dental Hygiene Month.

How often should you see your hygienist for dental cleanings?  Some people may say that you should go every six months, some people may say every 3-4 months, and others may only visit the dental office when they are experiencing pain.

So, which one is right for you?

The answer is not as black and white as you may think…National Dental Hygiene Month image

Dental cleaning frequency is completely dependent upon the patient and their individual needs.

It is the same concept as when someone goes to physical therapy or rehab and the therapist creates a custom program for each individual in order to get them back to health (there is no blanket solution).

Patients who have seen the dentist regularly and practice good oral home care may only need to have a dental cleaning every six months because they have minimal build up and little to no bleeding in the gums.  On the other hand, some patients who have not seen the dentist regularly and/or do not practice good oral home care may need to have their teeth cleaned every 3 to 4 months because they have moderate to severe build up and bleeding in the gums or they have been previously diagnosed with periodontal disease (loss of bone around the teeth).

The goal is to get your teeth cleaned frequently enough to keep the bacterial plaque build up at a minimal level so that either healing can occur or so that the tissues can stay in an optimum state of health.

In order to see what frequency is right for you, you should see your hygienist and discuss what treatment cycle will give your teeth and gums the best outcome.

Call for your dental hygiene appointment! 972-231-0585

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Cancer & Dental Health In Richardson, TX

Many cancer patients develop complications that affect the mouth. These mild to severe side effects can include mouth sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums and cavities.Man With Toothache

As a courtesy to the community, Dr. Larry Korenman of Loveable Smiles in Richardson offers complimentary fluoride trays for anyone going through chemotherapy treatments.

Because chemo can make your mouth more at risk for infection as well as make your gums bleed more easily, fluoride is used to help prevent the formation of cavities.

Chemotherapy & Mouth Sores

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. These drugs kill cancer cells, but they may also harm normal cells, including cells in the mouth. Side effects include problems with your teeth and gums; the soft, moist lining of your mouth; and the glands that make saliva (spit).

Dr. Korenman carries a natural, oral care line that is very soothing for those going through cancer treatments.  The line is also beneficial for the dry mouth side effects often experienced by cancer patients.Effervess-all natural aloe vera Toothpaste

Developed by a Dentist, the Effervess Natural Oral Care line does not contain any hydrated silica or baking soda, no SLS and no harsh chemicals.

In fact, the products are called “Nature’s Oral Care” because they feature Aloe Vera, which is an ancient plant known for healing, moisturizing and antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  Effervess also contains Xylitol a natural sweetener from American Birch Bark found to help fight plaque build-up and strengthen enamel.

Effervess: Nature’s Oral Care products can be purchased at Loveable Smiles in Richardson. 972-231-0585

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