Published on August 26, 2021, Updated on November 18, 2021

What Is the Importance of Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is required for the removal of microorganisms from the mouth. If plaque is not removed, bacteria can build up and cause long-term problems like gingivitis, a mild type of gum disease, and periodontal disease. Regular checkups and a thorough dental hygiene practice will keep your mouth healthy and avoid inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.

Why Should You Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams allow us to assess your current dental care practices and make recommendations for future care to protect you from issues such as cavities and gum disease. They also enable us to spot issues early on, allowing them to be resolved swiftly and easily.

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.

What Should I Expect During My Dental Exam?

During a routine dental examination, our experts will throughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains or deposits known as tartar or calculus, which are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the use of skilled dental instruments. We’ll look for indicators of decay or gum disease as well. An X-ray may be taken to provide a more thorough picture of your dental health and to identify any issues more precisely. We’ll inquire about your current dental hygiene practices, such as how often you brush and floss your teeth, and whether you use fluoride toothpaste. We will show proper dental care and offer advice on how to change your behaviors to maintain optimal oral health using this information.

What Can You Do to Get Ready for a Dental Exam?

Good dental hygiene is the greatest method to prepare for a dental checkup. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure you brush your teeth before going to your appointment. Our crew will clean your teeth for you, but it’s a good idea to brush your teeth first to remove any food or plaque so we can focus on the most difficult-to-clean places. You should also be prepared to provide us with relevant information such as your medical history, insurance coverage, and current dental care techniques. Don’t be embarrassed to be open about your oral health practices – our team is here to help you improve your behaviors and maintain your dental health, not to judge you! Finally, at the conclusion of your dental checkup, be prepared to schedule a follow-up visit or a future check-up.