As people age, they generally think that it’s less important to see the dentist; however as we age, it’s even more critical to pay attention to your oral care. Preventive care is the first step that must be taken when it comes to your oral health. You may brush and floss every day, if not more, but a professional cleaning by your family dentist can remove tartar and plaque that a regular toothbrush cannot. Our goal is to inform our patients about a healthy oral maintenance routine and provide them with the information needed to keep their oral health in top condition.
We recommend that you come in to see us at least twice a year for a full cleaning and exam. During these visits, we can see the early signs of dental problems that may become big issues in the future. If we notice anything unusual, we’ll give you recommendations for proper treatment and care so your oral health will continue to be sound.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a professional clean?
Even if you were to brush and floss after every single meal, you still wouldn’t be able to remove as much tartar and plaque as we can during a professional cleaning. Over time, even the tiniest crevices and pits collect bacteria, and without the proper cleaning, these can cause serious infection and decay.
What can I expect at my consultation exam?
When you come in for your routine cleaning, you can expect a thorough exam of your teeth and gums. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time, you may receive x-rays for a more extensive overview of your oral health. During your consultation, we’ll notify you of any areas of concern, and answer any questions that you may have. Your cleaning will then take place, during which your hygienists will remove all hardened tartar and plaque build-up on your teeth, as well a provide you with a finishing polish. We offer deep cleaning to make sure that the tooth both above and below the gum line is thoroughly clean.
If we notice anything of concern, we’ll make recommendations and schedule a follow-up appointment when necessary.
What happens after my visit?
It’s important to maintain excellent oral hygiene between your dental cleanings by flossing and brushing regularly. You may also need to drink water or use toothpaste with added fluoride to give your teeth an added layer protection.