Why are regular dental visits important?

Dental visits are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months. For the time between these examinations, it is important that you take care of your dental health. In case you need any additional help, your dentist may even advise more frequent visits.

There are 2 parts to a generic dental visit. The first part is the check-up, and the second is the cleaning.

The Dental Cleaning

Brushing and flossing help remove the plaque from your teeth, but you can’t remove tartar at home. During the cleaning, your dental professional will use special tools to remove tartar. This process is called scaling.

Scaling enables removal of plaque and tartar. After scaling, the teeth may be polished. Mostly, a grainy paste is used for this which helps remove any surface stains off your teeth. In the final step your dental professional will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

The Check Up

During the checkup, your dentist will check your general oral health to identify any trouble areas.

Checking your teeth for tooth decay such as cavities, plaque or tartar forms part of a complete dental examination. If required your dentist will do cleaning of your teeth for you, this involves the removal of plaque. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed in time, it can harden and develop into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed through brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases.

Next, your dentist is likely to check your gums, with a special tool to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. The check-up should also include a head and neck examination; (to look for any signs of trouble) checking your lymph nodes and lower joints and an examination of your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. In this check up, your dentist may also examine your face, bite, saliva and the movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs).

Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, your dentist will tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations. It’s important that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning.

What you should do between visits

Make sure to take good care of your teeth and gums between regular dental visits. Plaque although always building up on your teeth, can be gotten rid of by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some simple tips for oral care at home.

· Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride, try and brush your teeth at least twice a day.

· Floss between teeth at least once a day.

· Use a mouth rinse to help clear out plaque bacteria. This will also freshen your breath

At Courtdrive Dental Practice in Uxbridge, we offer dental treatments for patients. Visit our website http://www.courtdrivedentalpractice.co.uk/ to book your next appointment or call us on 01895 233 955

Why are regular dental appointments important