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How To Know When You’re Overdue for a Dental Cleaning

So, you’re not perfect and you don’t go to the dentist’s office every 6 months for a routine cleaning where everything works out great, you get a new toothbrush, and you go home feeling like you’ve done everything right when it comes to your oral hygiene. Who is?

Gum disease and chronic bad breath make the top 100 list for the most common diseases and disorders, meaning if you don’t have perfect oral health – there’s a great chance you’re not alone. In fact, we can guarantee it!

So, no matter why you’re avoiding the dentist – whether it’s because you don’t have insurance or you simply don’t like going to the dentist, there are solutions. First of all, remember that many dentists are happy to work with you to come up with some sort of payment plan if you don’t have dental insurance. And if you just don’t feel comfortable sitting in the dentist’s chair, there’s always sedation dentistry – which uses something like “laughing gas” to ease your nerves before dental procedures.

Many patients wonder, “What are the signs that you’ve gone too long without a dental cleaning?”

For our dentists in the Anaheim area, the answer is usually pretty simple. If you’re not accustomed to having major problems with your teeth, but you haven’t been to the dentist’s in a while – you should expect to at least have some tartar to contend with. You see, plaque forms all day every day on your teeth. By being good about brushing and flossing – you can take care of most of this plaque, but you’re bound to miss some somewhere, especially in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. When plaque is given a chance to linger, it gets easier and easier to form and spread -which can lead to it eventually going through a hardening process (calcification) to become “dental calculus” – or tartar for less of a mouthful.

However, If you haven’t been to the dentists in a while and you suspect you might have some lingering problems – here’s what you should look out for.

Swelling gums, and blood during brushing and flossing

Swollen gums and frequent bleeding while flossing or brushing are both common symptoms of gum disease – an infection that forms around your teeth. Fortunately, if you catch it early (when it’s a pretty minor) you can stop it in its tracks and heal your gums. If left untreated, bacteria can eventually work its way all the way to your heart.

Longer teeth

If your teeth are appearing longer than you think they should, take a look at your gums. Do they seem lower on your tooth? If so, there’s a chance you might have some gum recession – which can vary greatly in significance. It is often causes by nail biting, grinding, over-brushing, and smoking. One of the earliest symptoms of g

Consistently bad breath

If you ate a real garlicky piece of pizza, bad breath is inevitable. However, if you start noticing that your bad breath doesn’t seem to go away – or you have a bad taste in your mouth no matter what you do – there could be an infection somewhere in your mouth. This can stem from something like gum disease or an infected tooth that needs a root canal treatment or extraction.

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