Even with a consistent at-home oral health regimen, it is important for your long term dental health that you visit us for a hygiene appointment every six months for a maintenance cleaning and checkup. Visiting the dentist office can emit feelings of stress and anxiety for many people, for fear of pain and discomfort. Although it may be tempting to skip these visits or neglect to schedule them, making a point to keep your regular appointment will make a significant impact in your long term dental health.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings help in the following ways:
What can I expect at a routine dental cleaning?
The cleaning process is typically threefold:
After your teeth are professionally cleaned, our dental team will examine your teeth for any changes since last visit to ensure you are free from decay and also check the health of your gums. We will be looking for any redness or swelling at the gum line and/or deep pockets, which are all signs of gum disease. Early detection and treatment will help save you from long term distress and expense.
In addition, we will likely perform an oral cancer screening. This will entail examining your neck, lymph glands, palate, and soft tissue within the mouth for any abnormalities.
For most patients, two cleanings/checkups per year are sufficient. If you are at high risk for gum disease or if you are dealing with other specific problems, we may recommend more frequent visits, perhaps every three months.
Overcoming the fear, anxiety, and even inconvenience of regular dental visits will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your smile is worth it!