Many people put off dental visits because they lead busy lives, or they have a fear of the dentist. However, the American Dental Association recommends dental visits at least twice per year, spaced six months apart, unless your dentist says otherwise. These visits are crucial to the health of your teeth and gums because they give the dental staff an opportunity to perform a dental exam and professional cleaning. Although they seem like simple, straightforward visits, regular dental check-ups are actually very thorough.
A dental exam allows the dentist to check the health of your teeth and gums. This exam can reveal areas in a patient’s oral hygiene regimen that may need special attention. Many systemic diseases present with symptoms in the mouth early on. So, the trained eye of a dentist not only looks for tooth decay and gum disease, but for anything out of the ordinary which may be a sign of greater health complications.
The dentist will also examine your neck, lymph nodes and check your bite. It is normal for them to take x-rays and check previous dental work to ensure there are no issues such as loose restorations. They will discuss their findings with you and make recommendations about any dental work which may be needed.
During the visit, the hygienist will clean your teeth and gums professionally. Dental Hygienists use special tools, which reach places your toothbrush can’t. The hygienist will remove tarter build-up and polish teeth to remove small surface stains.
Regular dental visits are vital to your oral health as well as your general health because they are closely related. If it has been a while since your last check-up or professional cleaning, schedule an appointment with our team at Westside Dental Group today. Everyone deserves a healthy attractive smile and your oral health is our main concern.