The American Dental Association recommends a visit to your dentist for potential treatment regularly about twice yearly for full cleanings and examinations. Preventative care is a foundation of dentistry. Professional dental cleanings using conventional brushing and flossing help remove built-up plaque that is not removable. Dentists are capable of identifying potential problems that patients don’t see or feel. When you maintain regular preventative dental appointments, you can put off decay and gum disease, as well as identify the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe.
Even with brushing and flossing after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harboring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, pits and grooves. Overtime, the teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and total or partial tooth loss.
Your consultation and cleaning will consist of a visible examination of the teeth and gums and you may also require x-rays for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. The cleaning will follow, during which a dental hygienist will use special instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth and then will polish your teeth. Your dentist will discuss any treatment recommendations for you at this time.
In between dental consultations and cleanings, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home including daily flossing and brushing after meals. It is important to drink fluoridated water and use fluoridated toothpastes.