Dental Visit – Every Six Months
Have you ever wondered why the dentist and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.
What Goes On During A Regular Visit?
One part of dental examination includes checking teeth for tooth decay. The dentist will evaluate the overall health of teeth, gums and look for symptoms like sensitivity, bad breath, etc. The dentist will check the status of plaque and tartar deposits; they can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
The Dental health Examination
The dentist will assess the state of your teeth and gums by:
•Examine bad breath
•Examine status of old fillings, bridges, caps, etc
•Examining the condition of gums
•Looking for signs of gum disease
•Checking for loose teeth
•Examining your tongue
•Checking your bite
•Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay
•Checking for broken teeth
•Checking for damaged fillings
•Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
•Checking the contact between your teeth
•The dentist may also take x-rays on need basis
The Dental Cleaning
During the final part of the dental visit, your dental professional cleans your mouth using these methods:
•Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
•Removing any plaque and tartar
•Polishing your teeth
•Flossing between your teeth
•Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, they’ll tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations. It’s important that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy.