Oral health is an important part of your overall health. When your mouth is healthy and your teeth are clean and sparkly, you feel better about yourself overall. Learn more about what a general dental visit entails and how these dental services impact the overall health of your mouth.
Visit Every Six Months
Dental professionals recommend you see the dentist bi-annually as this will keep the buildup of plaque and tartar lower than if you were to visit your dentist less frequently. When you receive dental treatment every six months, you lower your chances of more serious dental issues and maintain a higher level of oral care overall. Plus, cleanings and exams go much more comfortably and smoothly.
One part of a regular dental check up includes teeth cleaning. At home, you can brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque buildup, but tartar needs to be removed by your dentist. Your dentist will do a general cleaning, but will also use special tools that look like different shaped hooks to remove tartar. Though these tools sound scary, they don’t hurt because they’re just used to scrape the tartar away. This technique of removing tartar from your teeth is called scaling.
After your teeth are cleaned and scaled, your dentist or dental hygienist will polish your teeth. A gritty paste is usually used for this process to remove surface stains, and there are usually a couple of flavor options for your enjoyment!
Once cleaned, scaled, and polished, your dentist or dental hygienist will floss your teeth to make sure the areas in between all of your teeth are clean. In cases where your teeth are extremely close together, your dentist might use a floss threader to get into those extra tight spaces. They’ll usually have some floss threaders to send you home with or can recommend a store where you can purchase them.
During your routine dental checkup, your dentist will also perform an examination on your mouth. Your dentist will check for cavities. Sometimes cavities are visible with the naked eye, and other times you will need x-rays taken of your mouth in order to detect cavities in between your teeth.
After that, your dentist will check the health of your gums. Your dentist will use a special tool that measures the depth of the spaces in between your teeth and your gums. When your gums are healthy, the spaces will be shallow. However, if a gum disease is present, the spaces will become a lot deeper.
Your dentist will also examine your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck for signs of swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer or other dental issues.
Oral Health At Home
Remember that taking care of your teeth and gums is just as important outside of your regular dental visits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. It’s also recommended that you use a mouthwash to kelp control plaque buildup. Mouthwash will also keep your breath fresh.
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your dentist, it’s time to schedule an appointment! Contact Estrella Dental in Chula Vista today to schedule a time to see us.