Your six month dental visit is to your teeth as an oil change is to your car… if your mechanic also washed your car, checked your brakes, and lowered your mileage.
Dentists check your overall wellness in addition to the health of your teeth. He or she will examine your head and neck to look for any irregularities before inspecting your mouth for signs of diabetes, oral cancer or vitamin deficiencies. Your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs) will also be under careful observation.
When it is time for cleaning the first thing your dentist will look for is plaque and tartar on your teeth. They are given singular attention because both can build up in a very short amount of time if appropriate oral hygiene is not practiced between visits.Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria which can harden to form tartar if not removed. This elevated stage of bacteria is solidified on the tooth and cannot be detached with brushing or flossing which leads to a plethora of oral diseases.
To remove tartar your dental professional will ‘scale’ your teeth using special tools. Next, your gums will be checked with a tool that measures the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums the spaces are shallow while diseased gums will be comprised of deeper spaces. Once completed, the teeth will be polished using a gritty paste to remove surface stains and flossed to conclude the appointment.
In addition to cleaning, regular dental visits are vital for individualized oral hygiene recommendations. If the dentist finds complications with your teeth, guidelines will be provided so you can practice better oral hygiene at home. A dental professional will be able to show you the proper way to brush and floss your teeth or recommend a formulated mouthwash to prevent tooth decay specific to your needs.
Seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home is central to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Call us at (303) 340-3330 to schedule your 6 month appointment today!