Michael A. Hunting, D.D.S.
Quality Care From A Dentist Who Treats You Like Family
Whether you are looking for a family dentist or more specialized cosmetic or implant dentistry, you can trust Dr. Hunting to provide you and your family with exceptional care.
One visit and you will understand what we mean when we say “Quality care from a dentist who treats you like family.” Dr. Hunting places an emphasis on patient education. He will provide you with all treatment options and help guide you to make the decision that is best for your own personal health.
UCLA Graduate 1984
Extensive post graduate training in the areas of:
• Cosmetic dental treatments including lifelike fillings, crowns, and veneers
• Implant restoration with crowns, bridges, or dentures
• Comprehensive oral rehabilitation including cosmetic reconstruction
Featured Editorial: How Frequently Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?
We are asked often by our new patients whether dental cleanings are really necessary twice a year. This is a difficult question to answer without quite a bit of additional information. In a healthy adult mouth, professional cleaning twice a year is probably sufficient to maintain optimal oral health. We even have a handful of patients for whom once a year is sufficient.
The answer gets tricky when one or more of the following conditions exists:
• History of periodontal disease
• Bleeding gums
• Unpleasant taste or foul breath
• Crowded or “crooked” teeth
• Use of certain prescription drugs long term
• Mouth breathing (especially at night)
• Certain medical conditions
• Under stress for long periods of time
• Extensive restorative dentistry including dental implants
• High incidence of dental caries (tooth decay)
• Inability to brush and floss adequately (dexterity)
• Poor oral hygiene (doesn’t brush and floss regularly)
If you checked even one of these issues, two maintenance cleanings a year may not be in the best interest of your dental health, and even more frequent cleanings may be necessary. There is a well documented relationship between the presence of bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar) and periodontal disease (inflammatory disease resulting in deterioration of gum tissue and bone that support the teeth). It logically follows that the primary method used to control periodontal disease is the thorough removal of this bacteria laden biofilm.
Several studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and even some forms of cancer. While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has established that periodontal disease increases the risk of these diseases.
One of the best aspects of dentistry is that, ideally, both the dentist and the patient are focused on prevention.
Key in this effort is early diagnosis, and maintenance of a regular recall schedule enables discovery of problems at an early stage when repairs are simple and relatively inexpensive. If dentists and patients both do their jobs well, long term costs will be much lower.
We understand that busy schedules make it tempting to skip a dental cleaning. Our goal is to educate patients so that they understand the value of optimal dental health and the risks associated with sub-standard or neglectful care. When you understand and value good dental health it becomes easier to make it a priority.
So, to return to the original question, how frequently should I have my teeth cleaned? The best answer is that a thorough examination of your teeth and gums along with a review of medical history and risk factors will allow you and your dentist to make that decision together.