The Case for Routine Dental Care
- Posted on: Jan 23 2018
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If I don’t have any dental problems, why do I need to visit the dentist regularly? This question is often asked in dental offices around the country. To understand the answer, it’s vital that we grasp the value of preventive dental care. Preventive dental care can save us money, time, and pain in the long run. First, let’s address why we need regular dental check-ups.
The dental check up and cleaning
Depending on your specific situation, your dentist will recommend how often you have a routine check up. For many, dental cleaning and exam occur every 6 months. During your dental exam and cleaning, a hygienist will remove tartar from your teeth using a small metal instrument. They will check for a recession and anything abnormal. Next, they will floss and polish your teeth.
At some point, the dentist will examine your teeth and may request X-rays if you haven’t had any done in a while. X-rays help your dentist ascertain the full health of your teeth. This exam enables your dentist to catch and treat potential dental problems early on. The dentist or hygienist will likely give you suggestions for better at home care, how to properly floss, and the best type of tooth brush to use.
At home dental care
In addition to professional dental cleanings and exams, at home dental care is also needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Your teeth can enjoy a long healthy life if you practice regular dental care at home. You’re at home dental habits should include flossing, brushing rinsing, and a diet that supports the health of your teeth and gums. Developing and maintaining proper at home dental habits is key to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Brush your teeth at least two times per day. Typically this is done in the morning and before you go to bed. Be sure you have a toothbrush that is soft with rounded-end bristles as well as a head that is the right size for your mouth. Next floss your teeth at least one time per day followed by rinsing with a dentist approved mouth rinse.
Schedule your next dental exam
To maintain healthy teeth and gums, schedule your dental exam today by calling Dr. Robert D. Bankhardt at 805.584.1194.
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