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How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
The average person should see their dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and a dental exam. However, you should follow your dentist’s recommendations for these much needed dental visits. Patients suffering from periodontal problems are much more likely to need dental care more frequently than every six months.
Many patients feel that if they brush their teeth every day, they don’t need to see the dentist every six months.
But did you know that brushing (even twice every day) only reaches two thirds of the surface of your teeth? The area between teeth is not cleaned with a toothbrush … to clean between teeth the patient should floss every day. In addition to removing debris your toothbrush missed, daily flossing is a great way to massage gum tissue to keep the gums as healthy as possible.
So now that you are brushing and flossing every day, do you still need those dental visits? Absolutely, because every time you eat or drink (anything but water), what was consumed can cling to bacteria already present in the mouth. Bacteria left on teeth can harden forming plaque. And the only way to remove hardened plaque is by visiting your dentist.
Plaque that is allowed to build and remain on teeth can lead to dental decay and the potential for gum disease. That is why those regular dental visits are so important for maintaining good dental health.
At your regular dental office visit, plaque that has formed since your last appointment is removed; teeth are polished to look their best; and a dental exam is performed. While your dentist is looking for obvious problems like decay or a broken tooth, this examination is also checking for more serious conditions like a suspicious area that could develop into something like oral cancer.
During the cleaning and exam, your dental provider is also determining if you have any pockets where gum disease is likely to occur. These areas of concern will be called to your attention for you to be extra vigilant to prevent the onset of gum disease. Symptoms of what to watch for will be explained.
You can easily see why you and all your family members should brush and floss daily; and make the time to see your dentist every six months (or as recommended).
If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Parham today.
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