Ever wonder why dentists recommended you be seen every six months, even if your teeth don’t hurt or if you don’t usually have your teeth cleaned that often? Some believe the reasons are financially driven, and that couldn’t be further from the truth; well sort of (I’ll explain more later).
The truth is, regular dental visits are essential for achieving optimal oral health, including your teeth and gums. Depending on your treatment needs, you may even need more frequent visits for certain teeth cleanings, possibly every 3 to 4 months.
A Routine Dental Visit
Checking your teeth for cavities is just one part of a routine dental examination. A dentist (or dental hygienist) will complete the following procedures during your visit:
• Examine the gums• Check for evidence of gum disease• Check for loose teeth• Examine your tongue• Check your bite• Looking for visual or radiographic evidence of tooth decay• Check for broken teeth• Check for damaged fillings• Evaluate any dental appliance you have• Check the contacts between your teeth• A Routine Cleaning
Another important reason for a routine dental visit, is to have your teeth cleaned thoroughly, beyond what a toothbrush or floss can do for you at home.
If not removed, soft plaque can harden onto your teeth and irritate the gum tissue and possibly lead to periodontal disease.
Food or beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well and can be removed by polishing your teeth. A dentist or hygienist will also review important information about proper oral hygiene techniques and answer any questions you may have, general or specific, about your mouth.