Having an efficient dental care routine at home is a significant part of maintaining good oral health. This includes brushing and flossing properly at least twice a day. However, no matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, getting regular checkups at the dentist is an essential part of having healthy teeth and gums that you should not ignore.
How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?
According to the American Dental Association, you should see your dentist at least twice every year, or every six months. The frequency of your visits may increase or decrease depending on the condition of your teeth. There are no two cases of oral health that are the same, and some people may require professional dental care less or more often than others. For example, you may feel the need to see the dentist beyond the two visits if you are experiencing symptoms such as painful tooth sensitivity or pain when chewing.
What to Expect During a Dental Visit
At a typical dental visit, you will undergo a comprehensive dental examination, which will include an assessment of your teeth, gums, head, saliva, tongue, lower jaw joints, bite and neck. Your dentist will examine your teeth for signs of decay and your gums for disease. Your mouth will also be closely examined for any signs of diabetes, oral cancer or vitamin deficiencies. X-rays of your teeth may be taken. If any concerning issues must be addressed, your dentist will discuss them with you before giving you a professional dental cleaning.
During this part of your dental visit, your dentist will focus on removing the tartar and plaque on your teeth, which can build up in your mouth if you are not taking care of your teeth properly at home. After the removal of the plaque and tartar, your dentist will then carefully polish your teeth and floss between your teeth.
When your examination and cleaning have been finished, your dentist will inform you about the state of your teeth and gums and advise of what actions you should take to maintain or restore your oral health.
Benefits of Regular Dental Visits
One important benefit of seeing your dentist regularly is that any oral health issues you may have, such as gum disease, cavities or oral cancer, can be caught early. Early detection can have a major role eliminating the need for expensive dental procedures in the future.
Regular dental visits are also useful in getting young children used to dental examinations and cleanings. According to the American Dental Association, you should begin taking your child to the dentist no later than six months after his or her first tooth has erupted.
At Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics, we are committed to providing our patients with the general and endodontic dentistry services they need to have healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.