Have you been to the dentist and they suggest getting root planing and scaling done and you have no idea what that means? Let us break it down for you:
Plaque is the primary cause of gum (periodontal) disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease which can include: hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, puberty, etc), medications, poor oral hygiene, illnesses (diabetes, cancer, etc), bad habits (smoking, chewing tobacco, etc), and family history.
Periodontal disease progresses over time if not treated. The symptoms include: Continue Reading…
There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.
At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities? If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride. Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing). Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in. To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.