To keep your oral health on track most people should visit the dentist at least every six months for an exam and cleaning. However, some people's needs may dictate more frequent visits.
During your exam, the doctor will likely have the dental assistant take x-rays of your teeth. After the dentist has examined the x-rays they will come in and do a visual inspection of your teeth. During the exam, the dentist is looking at a variety of things. This includes but is not limited to gums, checking for loose teeth, tissues inside your mouth, your tongue, checking your bite, visual evidence of tooth decay, damaged fillings, broken teeth and screening for oral cancer.
For the cleaning portion of your appointment, a dental hygienist will come in and check the cleanliness of your teeth and gums. Every day whether or not you eat or drink anything your mouth produces bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth is what creates a film on your teeth known as plaque. Plaque can be removed by brushing, rinsing, and flossing every day. However, over time plaque can become acidic which means it will begin to demineralize and break down your teeth. Plaque can also harden into tartar which can not be removed by regular brushing, rinsing, and flossing. During your cleaning, the dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar that is on your teeth.
Lastly to end your appointment they will go over with you any treatment plans that you may need for cavities, damaged fillings, or anything else the dentist may have seen during your exam.
Without visiting the dentist every 6 months you are not only putting your oral health in jeopardy but also your overall health! Your mouth often serves as a place to detect signs and symptoms of diseases that can affect your entire body. Furthermore, poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss, gum diseases, and more. Whether it’s been years or 6 months since your last dental visit it's never too late to get on the right track to good oral health. Give us a call today and schedule your cleaning exam appointment!