Virtually everyone knows that brushing and flossing every day is one of the surest ways to avoid cavities and other serious oral health issues. However, you can only go so far by using at-home dental hygiene products/habits to preserve your pearly whites. For this reason, the American Dental Association recommends people get routine dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. By undergoing these quick and straightforward appointments, you’ll be able to effectively stop problems before they can even begin to develop, and they’re typically covered by dental insurance! Read on to learn more about this service or give us a call today to schedule your next visit.
If your teeth are looking and feeling healthy, you might wonder if scheduling a dental visit every six months is necessary. While your smile might seem fine, regular checkups and cleanings are designed for several essential purposes, including:
After arriving at your dental checkup appointment, your dentist will take some time to catch up with you, learn about your smile goals, update your medical/dental records, and discuss any symptoms you might be experiencing. They’ll evaluate your oral health visually and also take X-rays to get a clearer image of the condition of your roots and jawbone. They will also look over any restorations you might have, such as crowns or dentures, as well as perform an oral cancer screening.
Once your dentist is finished, you’ll discuss their findings and review your treatment options if they detect any problems, like cavities and gum disease. You’ll work together to create a specific plan to address the issues so you can return to enjoying a comfortable and healthy smile.
For the other half of your appointment, your dentist will work on thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Not only will they brush your pearly whites with specialized tools, but they’ll also buff and polish them right after removing any plaque and tartar that may have accumulated. This prescription-strength paste will help eliminate any particles and surface stains from your tooth enamel. You’ll be able to walk out of our office with a brighter and healthier set of teeth!