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Preventing dental health problems before they start is essential to avoid any serious problems that can arise. At Lewis Family & Implant Dentistry, we recommend dental examinations at least twice a year. We always advise brushing and flossing daily. Daily cleaning can go a long way toward preserving and supporting your oral health!
Regular Dental Cleanings Twice a Year
Visiting a dentist every six months is the most recommended practice for maintaining your dental health. For those dealing with dental issues such as gum disease, you may need more regularly scheduled visits to help prevent your condition from worsening. Periodontal patients typically need cleanings every three months.
There are many benefits to regular dental visits:
- Prevention of oral health issues
- Maintaining a healthy smile
- Keeping teeth stain free
- Spending less time spent in the dental chair
- Keeping your natural teeth for the duration of your life
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What happens during a dental cleaning?
Our highly-trained dental hygienists typically perform the professional dental cleaning service. The hygienist will use an array of dental tools to remove the tartar buildup from your teeth. For those with lots of buildup and have neglected scheduling their semi-annual cleaning, this can be uncomfortable and time-consuming. If you have been maintaining your cleanings, however, this process should be fast and simple. Next, the hygienist will scrub your teeth, floss your teeth, and in some cases administer a fluoride treatment.
If your hygienist finds any cause for concern, the dentist will be called in for a consult and a plan of action will be created. In many cases, simply adjusting brushing and flossing habits is enough to remedy any problems. In other cases, your dentist might schedule an appointment within a couple of months, to reevaluate any potential problems.
Annual Comprehensive Exam
Beyond regular cleanings with the dental hygienist, you you should schedule a comprehensive dental exam at least once a year. During this type of exam, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of disease, infection, or dental problems. X-rays should also be taken once a year to uncover any issues, like impacted teeth, that may not be otherwise detectable. Feel free to ask any question about daily hygiene or new technology during this exam; our dentists are dedicated to helping you learn how to maintain your oral hygiene!
Some of or patients have severe anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. We understand that even a routine dental checkup and cleaning can be uncomfortable, so be sure to let us know, as we have options to assist you in feeling relaxed and at ease.
Don’t delay scheduling your annual exam and professional dental cleanings and checkups. Contact Lewis Family & Implant Dentistry today – You will leave the office with a clean and happy mouth.Back to General Dentistry