- August 2, 2016
- Posted by: Elva Rangel
- Category: Health
To ensure maximum oral hygiene, it’s important to not only perform brushing and flossing daily but also get regular checkups.
Regular dental visits are important because they will help you keep your teeth and gums in a healthy condition. At the minimum, you should get a dental visit every six months to make sure your oral hygiene is in order. Otherwise, you may be in need of a dental treatment and won’t find out until the situation gets extremely worse or the pain becomes unbearable.
At a regular dental visit, you won’t get any treatment but just a checkup and cleaning unless your dentist says that you need some treatment in which case you could get it right away or an appointment can be scheduled for later.
While plaque can be removed by proper brushing and flossing, tartar can only be removed by the dentist using special tools. Removal of tartar, also known as scaling, is done and then the teeth are polished. Flossing is done as well to ensure areas between the teeth are also clean.
Plaque can form anytime on your teeth, and that’s why it is important to brush and floss regularly. Just remember that brushing your teeth twice every day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and using mouthwash to get rid of plaque bacteria will keep the plaque from forming.
Importance of Regular Checkups
Having regular dental checkups can ensure proper oral hygiene and prevents any oral diseases from occurring. In case you’re already suffering from an oral disease and require dental treatment, regular checkups will indicate this so that your dentist can schedule an appointment for treatment and take care of the problem.
Your gums will also be checked by measuring the space between your gums and teeth. If they’re shallow, your gums are healthy, but if they are deep, you have gum disease.
During the checkup, the dentist will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and there is no plaque or tartar buildup.
Your dentist will look for cavities and ensure that no plaque or tartar is on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that hardens to become tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing, but tarter can’t and if either of the two builds up in your mouth, oral diseases are just waiting to happen.