Be honest: how often do you undergo regular checkups and cleanings? If you assume brushing and flossing is enough, you are mistaken. These preventive visits are essential for protecting your smile from a host of oral health concerns, including tooth decay and periodontal disease. Do you need a checkup and cleaning?
When Should You See the Dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends children and adults see the dentist about once every six months. During these routine visits the doctor will exam the smile and ensure the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. However, if you have risk factors for serious issues, such as periodontal disease, the doctor may suggest more frequent visits.
A checkup involves the doctor thoroughly examining the smile for indicators of oral health problems, such as:
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Bruxism/jaw issues
Identifying these problems early allows the patient to receive treatment before the issue can progress and require more intensive and expensive solutions. For children, routine visits also reduce the risk of dental anxiety as children become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the dentist’s office.
A dental cleaning involves removing the plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth. Both children and adults benefit from this procedure, which can significantly reduce the chances of gingivitis and gum disease forming. Without a cleaning plaque and tartar can inflame the gums, increasing the likelihood of these oral health issues developing.
If you have high risk factors for gum disease then you may need a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. The doctor uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove buildup from the teeth and the surfaces of the roots under the gum line. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning then please contact our office today.