Even if you have the most dedicated oral care routine at home, it won’t be enough to call your oral hygiene complete. While brushing and flossing play a major role, routine checkups and cleanings twice a year help you reduce the risk of dental complications, including oral cancer, infections, and other oral issues. Plus, you’ll dramatically reduce your dental care costs later when you know everything is in good shape throughout the year.
It’s a common misconception that people only need to visit the dentist if there is something currently wrong with their teeth. However, that is simply not the case. In fact, skipping out on dental appointments is a sure way to cause a dental emergency, not prevent one. Plus, emergency and restorative treatments are often far more expensive compared to preventive visits, especially if you currently use dental insurance.
Routine visits also allow you to catch the signs of a dental issue early, making treatment much easier to perform. The fact stands that consistent dental visits will keep you in the chair less, not more.
At-home care is crucial to removing, plaque, food debris and harmful oral bacteria in between dental visits. Unfortunately, even the most advanced over-the-counter dental products and most thorough cleaning techniques at home cannot reach the areas of the mouth that a dentist can. One of these areas is below the gum line, which can easily develop disease if left untouched for too long.
It’s also important to note that tartar, the calcified form of plaque also referred to as calculus, cannot be removed with at-home brushing or flossing. Only a dentist has the tools and expertise to remove this harmful material safely and effectively.
After your cleaning, you’ll receive feedback on your current oral care routine and what you can be doing to improve it at home. This is a key part of the dental exam, which includes a thorough examination and X-rays of your teeth and gums. X-rays allow our dentists to view areas of the mouth that are invisible to the naked eye. This combination of exam methods helps us build a complete picture, and by proxy, a more effective treatment plan to maintain your oral health in the long-term.
Additionally, oral structures like the temporomandibular joint are carefully considered. If problems appear with this joint, it could cause significant health problems later.
If it’s been longer than six months since your last appointment, it’s time you made your oral hygiene complete. With our help, you can ensure your mouth will stay healthy for a lifetime. Contact our office today to get started!