Did you go to the dentist every six months for a hygiene appointment and checkup when you were growing up? If you want to make sure you don’t spend extra time and money at the dentist, these regular appointments will help ensure that. So how do these appointments impact your dental health and what do they consist of? We are here to share more about the importance of dental routine procedures!
The main goal of a hygiene visit is to get rid of any plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth over time. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Certain areas of your teeth are harder to keep clean, even if you floss regularly. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease and extra visits to our office!
If your mouth isn’t given regular attention by a professional, gum disease may develop. It will easily be spotted when you come in for your appointment. When it comes to declining oral health, gum disease is one of the most common results. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.
You will also receive an exam from the dentist, which is just as important as your cleaning! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems or oral cancer. This is easy to treat if it is caught early on. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used by your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as damage to the jawbone, decay between teeth, or impacted teeth.
Dental anxiety is a common problem. All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are effective, safe, and meant to keep your mouth in prime health! If going to the dentist makes you nervous, make sure to let us know. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.
It is important to come in for an appointment every six months as it will save you money and time in the long run. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Longview Family Dental, give us a call at (903) 759-0765. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us go as smoothly as possible. Learn about the basics of gum care.