Professional dental cleanings and exams are important pillars of good oral health. Even patients who diligently follow their dentist’s brushing and flossing guidelines need to supplement their home care routines with regular office visits.
Patients should have their teeth cleaned and examined at least every six months. These semiannual cleanings, also referred to as prophylaxis, help to clear away any plaque and calculus, or tartar, that remain in the mouth despite regular brushing and flossing.
Through professional cleanings that remove excess plaque and tartar, your dental hygienists are helping to reduce your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease, both of which are caused by the bacteria found in plaque. As an added bonus, eliminating the unsightly plaque improves your smile’s appearance, too.
When you come to our office for a cleaning, one of our dentists will also thoroughly examine your mouth, including the teeth and soft oral tissues, looking for signs of issues like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
The six-month interval is important to the dental exam, too. In examining the teeth and other oral tissues every six months, your dentist is likely to spot small signs of potential problems before they become major issues.
Treatment may be more conservative if you identify and address dental concerns at earlier stages. For example, a cavity that is identified while it is still small can be corrected with a filling, but more advanced tooth decay might require a more complex restoration or even an extraction.
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning and exam, contact our office today to schedule an appointment to get back on track for good oral health.
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