Regular Dental Checkup
Regular dental checkups help maintain your oral health and should be completed every six months.
Your Dental Checkup
Six-month dental checkups are one of the main requirements for building a healthy, attractive smile. We know there are many demands on a person’s time that can easily cause you to put off these important dental visits. Please don’t put off the care you deserve! While you are here for routine visits, we’ll take many steps to ensure your mouth is healthy and clean:
- Dental Cleanings and Exams — Your friendly dental hygienist will clean and polish each of your teeth to remove lingering plaque, tartar, and dangerous bacteria. They will make sure to cover hard-to-get-to areas you might miss when brushing and flossing on your own.
- Oral Cancer Screenings — We can screen your mouth for oral cancer as a preventive step. Early detection of this disease increases the odds of successful treatment.
- Gum Disease Treatment — If we see signs of gum infection, we will get your gums back on a healthy track fast so that you never have to experience tooth loss that can occur as a result of undiagnosed gum disease.
- Preventive Treatments — Depending on the results of your exam, we may recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help prevent future problems.
Get a clean mouth and a great-looking smile with routine dental cleanings and exams from Century Family Dental.
Why is regular teeth cleaning important?
Professional dental cleanings are important for your overall oral health. When you come in for a regular dental checkup, your dentist will remove plaque and other buildups that are not removed by daily brushing and flossing.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, but it can be prevented. During regular dental checkups, your dentist will use a small ruler to gently measure the gum “pocket” around each of your teeth, making note of areas that you can’t clean with a toothbrush or floss. X-rays are used in combination with these measurements, to identify where bone recession has taken place.
How often should you get your dental checkups?
Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining proper oral health. Dentists will ask for a full health history at each visit to gain an understanding of your past and current health. This helps them provide an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. Checkups involve cleaning and prophylaxis, during which the dentist removes built-up tartar and stains from teeth using specialized tools. The American Dental Association recommends six-month checkups for most patients because it takes about that long for plaque to build up enough so that a thorough cleaning is required again. Individuals with a history of periodontitis may need more frequent visits depending on their specific situation.
Why are brushing and flossing important?
Brushing and flossing disrupt the complex network of bacteria called biofilm, which can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. It is important that you brush twice a day for at least two minutes and floss once in order to help prevent these problems from occurring.
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