Regular Dental Checkup

Regular dental checkups are an important part of proper oral hygiene, and we recommend that our patients visit us every six months to keep their teeth and gums in top condition. Through regular checkups, you can ensure that your mouth stays healthy and your smile remains bright.

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Six-month dental checkups are one of the main requirements for building a healthy, attractive smile. We know there are many demands on a person’s time that can easily cause you to put off these important dental visits. Please don’t put off the care you deserve!

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What’s Included in a Routine Dental Cleaning?

While you are here for routine visits, we’ll take many steps to ensure your mouth is healthy and clean:

  • Dental Cleanings and Exams — Your friendly dental hygienist will clean and polish each of your teeth to remove lingering plaque, tartar, and dangerous bacteria. They will make sure to cover hard-to-get-to areas you might miss when brushing and flossing on your own.
  • Oral Cancer Screenings — We can screen your mouth for oral cancer as a preventive step. Early detection of this disease increases the odds of successful treatment.
  • Gum Disease Treatment — If we see signs of gum infection, we will get your gums back on a healthy track fast so that you never have to experience tooth loss that can occur as a result of undiagnosed gum disease.
  • Preventive Treatments — Depending on the results of your exam, we may recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help prevent future problems.

Regular cleaning treatment

  • Why is it important to get your teeth cleaned?

    Regular teeth cleanings are crucial for several reasons:

    Plaque and Tartar Removal: Even with diligent brushing and flossing, plaque can build up in hard-to-reach areas. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which is difficult to remove without professional help. Regular cleanings prevent excessive plaque and tartar buildup, protecting against tooth decay and gum disease.

    Prevention of Gum Disease: Professional cleanings help prevent the onset of gum disease (gingivitis), which can progress to more serious conditions like periodontitis, leading to tooth loss and other health issues.

    Early Detection of Dental Issues: Regular dental visits allow for early detection of problems such as cavities, broken fillings, and other dental issues that can be more easily and cost-effectively treated when caught early.

    Oral Cancer Screening: During a cleaning session, dentists also perform an oral cancer screening, crucial for early detection and treatment of oral cancer.

    Maintaining Overall Health: Poor oral health has been linked to various health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Regular cleanings contribute to overall health by reducing the risk of conditions associated with oral bacteria.

    Stain Removal: Cleanings can remove surface stains from teeth, leading to a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

    Fresh Breath: Regular cleanings help combat persistent bad breath by removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria that contribute to odor.

    Cost Savings: By preventing complex dental issues, regular cleanings can save money in the long run by avoiding more expensive and extensive dental procedures.

  • How often should you get your dental checkups?

    Dental checkups should be done every six months. At your first appointment, your dentist will ask for your health history to understand your past and current health. After that, routine checkups are essential for detecting changes in your oral health and maintaining your teeth and mouth in the best condition possible.

    The American Dental Association and most dentists recommend six months because the maintenance and cleaning provided at each visit is the best way to ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

    If your mouth is free from gum disease and heavy buildup, it’s typically recommended that you get a teeth cleaning every six months to prevent tartar and stains from building up. However, if you have a history of periodontitis, it’s recommended that you get your teeth cleaned every 3-4 months to maintain your oral health.

  • Why are brushing and flossing important?

    Maintaining a healthy mouth requires regular brushing and flossing. These practices not only freshen your breath but also disrupt the biofilm of bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease. There are many dental products available in the market, so it is recommended to consult with your hygienist to find the best option according to your needs. Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once is important for everyone, and it is especially crucial to encourage children to make these dental habits a part of their routine to ensure a healthy smile for life.

Is It Time For Your Next Checkup?

If you would like to know more about dental checkups and other forms of preventative dental care, please reach out to our office and we would be glad to assist you further.

Point Clear Dental Associates

18157 Wright Blvd.
Fairhope, AL 36532
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