The "Critters" That Cause Cavities
Researchers in the dental field are continuously working to gain a better understanding of oral disease to provide methods for integrating those findings in clinical settings.
There are several strains of bacteria that can be found in the mouth. In a recent study, researchers collected biofilms between the teeth of 25 adults with no dental caries (decay). It was found that Streptococcus mutans, a cavity-producing bacteria, was present in 28% of the sites tested, even though the subjects had no existing decay.
This tells us that everyone, even those with good oral health, is at risk for decay. While there’s no standard dental therapy at this time that includes microbiological-based approaches, there’s still a lot we can do to keep your mouth healthy and free of disease.
The American Dental Association recommends semi-annual visits, even if your oral health is good. Seeing you every six months allows your dentist to monitor what’s happening in your mouth, and then take appropriate steps if a problem develops.
Professional Dental Cleanings
You may be a brushing and flossing superstar, but you still need professional dental cleanings. Plaque that builds up eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental hygienist using special instruments.
If you haven’t been inside a dental office in a while, you may be pleasantly surprised to see all the ways technology makes your treatments more productive and efficient. For example, state-of-the-art digital x-rays allow your dentist to identify problems in their earliest stages. The sooner we find and treat disease, the healthier your smile will be.
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If you are looking for a GEHA dentist in Temple, TX who can help you maintain a healthy smile, please call Temple Dental Trails to arrange your next exam and cleaning!