It may not seem like a big deal to skip dental appointments, but these visits are actually very important for your oral health. The team at Shelly’s Smile is dedicated to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for the patients in Dallas.
Along with brushing and flossing daily, it is recommended that you visit your dentist for a cleaning and exam twice a year (every six months) to maintain good oral health. Exams are important because dental issues such as periodontal disease often do not present obvious symptoms until they have reached a more advanced stage, at which point treatment will be more complicated and expensive. Other issues that your dentist may catch in their early stages during a dental exam are cavities and oral cancer.
Even though you may have a dedicated oral hygiene routine and you brush and floss regularly, it is possible – and likely – that you are leaving traces of food debris and plaque on the tooth surfaces. There are areas of the teeth, especially in the back, that are difficult to reach with home care. Leaving these substances on the teeth for prolonged periods of time can allow them to cause damage to the teeth. Only your dentist or hygienist at Shelly’s Smile will be able to remove this plaque with a thorough cleaning.
During a routine dental exam, the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth overall will be evaluated. Your dentist will check for signs of plaque and cavities as well as the development of periodontal disease. An oral cancer screening may be part of the exam, and dental x-rays are usually taken once a year.
After the exam, you will have the teeth cleaning, usually performed by a hygienist. First, he or she will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces up to the gum line and between the teeth. Following that, a high-powered toothbrush and special toothpaste (with a grittier consistency) will be used to brush your teeth. The gritty texture of the toothpaste helps it to thoroughly scrub and polish the tooth surfaces. The hygienist will then floss your teeth, which has the dual-purpose of removing tartar and leftover toothpaste as well as alerting the hygienist of problem areas in the gums where there might be bleeding. You will finish the cleaning with a good rinse of the mouth.
Schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and exams at Shelly’s Smile today to maintain your oral health in Dallas.