Bitewings are recommended every 12-18 months and are taken to radiographically diagnose the presence of interproximal caries (i.e. cavities between teeth). A full mouth or Panoramic x-ray should be taken every 36 – 60 months. This x-ray is diagnostic, in that it shows the entire mouth, and any anomalies / pathology of the hard tissues that may exist. Once identified, appropriate treatment can be rendered. It also provides the clinician a means to evaluate the level of bone, any abscesses or abnormalities which should ordinarily not be present.
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No. The equipment that is used these days is so efficient, and the film speed so fast, that excessive radiation exposure is no longer of any significance. This by no means indicates or suggests that x-rays should be randomly taken without indication or merit.
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Sugar-free gum has been shown to clinically reduce the incidence of caries, when chewed immediately following meals.
Using an electric rotary toothbrush is far more efficient and effective in overall plaque removal and massaging of the gums. The one we recommend and dispense to patients (at a substantial discount) is the Braun Oral B Ultra 4-head with built-in timer.
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Foods and drinks that are high in sugar content, sticky foods such as caramels, dates and graham crackers should be kept to a minimum. Foods that stick to teeth cause more dental disease than similar amounts of sugar in less sticky forms or in liquids. Frequent consumption of sugar rich foods without adequate brushing is a sure request for dental disease.