Otb porter 01 troy: welcome to on the beat everyone.
I'm over here with doctor steve porter from porter, singley and crane family dentistry and i want to delve into the conversation of the importance of regular check-ups.
I love them!
How are you my friend?
Dr. porter: great!
Troy: i love going to the dentist.
Dr. porter: i'm glad you do.
Troy: i really do.
Dr. porter: a lot of people do.
Troy: yeah, i'm not great at the dentist but i like going to the dentist.
Dr. porter: troy: there's nothing better than a good cleaning.
How often should one be having a cleaning done?
Dr. porter: a healthy patient should come at least twice a year - twice a year.
Dr. porter: if you have, you know, a lot of dental concerns, maybe more often.
It's been proven that people with gum disease, after they're treating for gum disease, should see a dentist about every three months.
Dr. porter: right.
Troy: okay, i get it.
I'm going to throw you a curve ball& at what age you one start bringing their child to the dentist?
Dr. porter: very good question& a lot of people want to wait until there's teeth.
Until you see teeth or till you see a problem.
But you can actually bring, i would say, even a two- year-old for an initial visit just to look and see what potential things may occur.
Troy: when we go into dental cleaning - let's jump to adults and teenagers - when we go into dental cleaning for teenagers, is it similar when they're having braces and things like that on with the cleaning process?
Dr. porter: it's fairly similar.
We have some techniques that we use for our patients with braces.
We have a - i call it a 'sandblaster' - it enables the surfaces of the teeth to be cleaned with a spray.
A high action spray.
Troy: what do you think of a water pick?
Dr. porter: i love a water pick.
Troy: i'm addicted to it.
Dr. porter: water picks are great!
Troy: dr. porter: mainly for the older, older population.
No offense& troy: oh, my lord!
Dr. porter: myself included, especially!
Troy: but why are they so great?
Dr. porter: well, if you have dexterity problems, it's very easy to hold a water pick and the force of the water is very gentle between your teeth.
There's nothing abrasive about it.
Troy: yeah& dr. porter: sometimes it's the only way to get things out between your teeth.
Troy: well, i have to say, when i'm going around, i use lukewarm water& dr. porter: very good.
Troy: &and i'm probably using the whole amount of water because i actually like it better than using toothpicks and things like that.
I don't know why.
It sort of makes me feel clean.
Dr. porter: it is very good.
Troy: okay& dr. porter: i think flossing is still the gold standard.
Troy: yeah& i get too aggressivee with that, doctor.
I make my gums bleed.
That's not good& for me.
Dr. porter: yeah& then, water is the thing.
Troy: you're like, 'whatever troy.'
Dr. porter: troy: okay, let's talk a little bit about x-rays because people feel that they don't always need x-rays.
Why do you feel that they are so important?
Dr. porter: well, x-rays enable you to see what's going on inside the tooth and also on the surfaces of the teeth they are touching that you can't see clinically, visually, with your eyes.
They show the inside of the teeth.
Tooth decay is the number one thing that you look for with x- rays; but, also, like a panoramic x-ray that shows your whole jaw structure from you joints, temporomandibu lar joints, all the way to the lower part of your obital to the lower part of your jaw, will show if you've got any anamolies, any cancer or different cysts, certain diseases.
Also, it will show development of the teeth in your younger population.
You can see if there are missing teeth, congenitally missing teeth.
Troy: okay, now most insurance plans cover one x-ray scan a year.
Dr. porter: on the what we call 'bitewing' x-rays which are just with your mouth closed.
It's basically a screening of your back teeth for cavities.
Most insurance companies will cover that once a year.
Troy: that's what we need to know, my friend.
Dr. porter: the panoramic, the x- ray that goes around your whole face, most insurance companies cover that every three to five years.
Troy: doctor steve, will you come back and give us more information?
Dr. porter: i would be glad to.
Troy: we really appreciate you stopping by.
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