How Important Is Oral Hygiene?
Oral hygiene is essential for maintaining a healthy smile and limiting bacteria in the mouth. Plaque, otherwise known as bacterial buildup, can lead to long-term diseases like gum disease and periodontal disease and later tooth loss if not dealt with. Regular check-ups and a good dental hygiene routine keep your smile healthy and bright!
Why Get a Dental Exam?
Dental exams allow dentists to evaluate your dental hygiene routines, suggesting care additions and tips that will protect you from future complications. Additionally, these exams provide a more thorough cleaning, reaching places you may be able to get to on your own. Scheduling regular check-ups allows dentists to detect problems early on so that they can be fixed quickly and easily, preventing long-term issues.
What Can I Expect at a Typical Dental Exam?
During your dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth with professional dental tools, removing surface stains or tartar that is more difficult to remove. We will then check for signs of decay or gum disease. Dental x-rays may also be performed to provide a more in-depth report of your oral health if our specialists deem them necessary. You will be asked a few questions regarding your current dental routine and then provided a demonstration of proper care and suggestions for how to improve your oral health habits.
How Can You Prepare for a Dental Exam?
Before arriving at your appointment, we suggest brushing your teeth so that our team can focus on providing more in-depth cleaning procedures. Additionally, be sure to practice good dental hygiene routines: brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Lastly, don’t be embarrassed by your dental habits or medical history–we aren’t here to judge you but work with you to create and maintain the smile of your dreams! Once your appointment is over, be prepared to schedule your next visit whether that be a future check-up or a recommended dental service.
How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?
Dental exams should occur every six months. However, depending on your health conditions or habits (such as smoking), we may suggest that you visit more often due to some of the factors that cause a higher frequency of cavities and susceptibility to decay and gum disease.