Routine Dental Checkups
It is mostly recommended that you see a dentist twice a year. Dental examinations are advised for everyone. These visits enable your dentist to detect any dental issues or oral health problems that you may not be aware of. Allowing your dentist to evaluate your teeth and gums regularly can assist in preventing more severe oral conditions in the future.
Why are Appointments Required Twice a Year?
It's critical to see your dentist twice a year for the following reasons:
- So that your dentist can look for issues that you might not be able to notice or feel.
- To enable your dentist to detect early indicators of decay (decay does not become evident or painful until it has progressed).
- To address any additional oral health issues discovered. In general, the sooner a problem is identified, the easier it is to treat.
What Happens During a Typical Check-up?
A typical dental visit consists of an examination and a cleaning.
During your dental examination, we will look for cavities. X-rays may be used to detect cavities between your teeth. During the exam, your teeth will be examined for plaque - a sticky bacterial coating. If not removed, it can harden and create tartar. Brushing and flossing are not enough to eliminate tartar, and if not removed regularly, it can lead to cavities and gum disease.
We will examine your gums. The depth of the spaces between your gums and teeth will be measured using special tools. A thorough inspection of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck will also be included in the examination. This is to check for any indications of problems, such as swelling, redness, or cancer signals.
During your appointment, your teeth will be cleaned as well. We will use special tools to eliminate tartar during the cleaning, which is referred to as scaling. Your teeth will be polished after they have been scaled, which aids in the removal of surface stains on the teeth. Flossing is the last stage. We will use floss to clean the spaces between your teeth.
What Should You Do in Between Dental Visits?
Between regular dental visits, be careful to take care of your teeth and gums because plaque is always accumulating on your teeth. Here are the basic tips for maintaining good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss daily.
- To help control plaque bacterial growth, use mouthwash.
Please reach out to Atlantic Dental in Denver, CO, to consult with our dentist, Dr. Vu. Please call us at (720) 738-8888 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.