By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS, PC
June 03, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Checkups
As the summer months begin, you’re likely feeling like there’s something you forgot to do. The answer is: Make your dental appointment with Dr. Kauffman. You’re already six months into the year, and if you haven’t come for a regular check-up yet, now is the time to schedule.
May was re-commitment month. That can extend to re-committing to a New Year’s Resolution workout routine and certainly means re-committing to taking steps to protect your dental health.
Dr. Kauffman recommends most of his patients visit the dentist at least twice yearly. The reason for this is that bacteria are constantly invading your mouth, collecting and hardening into plaque and tartar. This process typically takes about six months to fully take hold. By visiting Dr. Kauffman’s Atlanta family dentistry office twice yearly, you can help keep cavities at bay.
Some exceptions do exist to the twice-yearly rule. This includes patients who have had a significant history of dental decay and disease who may need more frequent cleanings and fluoride treatments to strengthen their teeth. This is also true for patients who have conditions or take medications that cause dry mouth. Examples could include patients with diabetes or patients who take medications for depression and/or high blood pressure. If you have these conditions, it’s important to let Dr. Kauffman know as he can recommend treatments to maintain saliva flow and reduce the risk for cavities.
Your dental health and your overall health are closely related. So don’t ignore either this summer…re-commitment today to a healthier smile for the rest of 2014.
If you haven’t visited Dr. Kauffman’s Atlanta dentistry office in some time, please call (404) 524-1981 to schedule an appointment. Our caring and friendly staff will be happy to see you.