Routine Dental Cleaning and Prevention
Preventative dental care is the best way to encourage a healthy and beautiful smile for life. Preventative care also prevents dental issues from happening in the first place, or from getting worse if they are already present. For example, a simple cavity that requires a filling could result in needing root canal therapy because it was ignored for so long, allowing the decay to eventually get into the nerves of the teeth. Preventative care is a collaboration between the patient and our dental staff, since most of the care is done at home with the help of bi-annual dental appointments.
When are Dental Cleanings Recommended?
Dental cleanings should be done every six months to ensure good oral hygiene and to remove hardened plague, also known as calculus, from the surfaces of the teeth. During a cleaning, Dr. Cohen will examine your gums for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. Next, scaling will be done to remove hardened plague from the teeth that is virtually impossible to remove on your own. Next, the teeth are professionally polished to ensure a shiny, clean and bright appearance. By visiting the dentist twice a year for cleanings, you can be sure that calculus buildup is kept to a minimum, which is beneficial for both tooth and gum health. Patients with gingivitis and gum disease may require deeper cleanings known as a scaling and root planning.
How Often Should Exams and X-Rays Be Done?
During your bi-annual dental appointment, digital radiographic x-rays will be evaluated and taken to take note of any underlying issues as well as an exam being given to all patients. The exam will detect any problems with decay, loose crowns or fillings or other problems that need to be repaired or restored to maintain a healthy smile. You should have a dental exam and x-rays done twice a year as part of your oral care routine.
Proper Care at Home
While it is imperative that you visit us for your dental cleanings, exams and x-rays, most of the preventative care will need to be done at home. This involves twice a day tooth brushing, daily flossing and following all dental instructions on how to properly maintain your smile. We can help to recommend products to you if you are struggling to find what works for your teeth and we will help if you are unsure of how to properly brush or floss your teeth.