The third most important thing that you can do for perfect oral hygiene, after regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, is regular routine dental check-ups.
How often should I go for a routine dental check-up?
The frequency at which you should go for a dental check-up differs from person to person. Most dentists agree that a 6-monthly visit is enough. The reason why you should go for regular dental check-ups is to spot early signs of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. Often these conditions only cause pain or signs visible to the patient when they are in their advanced stages. With regular visits to the dentist, the dentist will be able to spot and treat these problems before they become serious. Some people with high risk of developing cavities or oral diseases will have to come in more regularly. High-risk patients include:
- Pregnant women
- People with current gum disease
- People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
- People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque.
- People under a lot of stress
Visiting an oral hygienist
Oral hygienists take care of the routine cleaning of your teeth and gums. They scrape off built-up plaque and tartar that collects above and below the gum line before flossing between and around every tooth to remove any stubborn plaque or food particles. They also polish your teeth to make it smoother so that plaque will not collect as easily. They also look at problem areas in your mouth. They check behind the teeth and gums and check for the softening of tooth enamel and dentin. They will check for swollen gums, mouth sores, and redness.
Visiting a dentist
Dentists will have X-rays taken of your teeth so that they can see exactly what’s going on inside your mouth before the actual dental exam. During the dental exam, the dentist will examine your jaw and bite for any abnormalities. They will check the grooves in your teeth for any signs of teeth grinding. Finally, they will check for signs of oral cancer. They will check for loose or broken teeth, look at the inside of your mouth and even examine your tongue. If you have fillings, they will check that those are still intact too.
We cannot stress the importance of going for regular dental check-ups and cleanings enough. While a visit to the dentist might be scary, developing gum disease, which can cause you to lose teeth, or oral cancer is even scarier and with regular dental check-ups, these diseases can be spotted early while they can still be treated. Regular trips to an oral hygienist will ensure that you have clean and shiny teeth – contributing to a great smile!
You can visit Smiles New York for regular dental check-ups and teeth cleaning. We will give you expert advice and professional treatment that’s virtually pain-free. Keep your teeth healthy and contact us at 212 929 9191 or make an appointment online for a routine checkup.