04 May 2015
If preserving a beautiful healthy smile is a top priority for you, make it a priority to schedule your routine preventive dental care appointments and follow up with a robust oral hygiene routine at home.
When you schedule appointments for cleanings and check-ups at least every six months, the relatively brief interval between visits gives your dentist ample opportunity to identify potential issues in their earliest stages, when the treatment is least invasive and most effective.
For example, if the dentist detects a very small cavity, it likely can be addressed with just a small filling. If the decay progresses, the patient may eventually need a crown or even possibly lose the tooth.
In some cases, these semi-annual exams may be life-saving in addition to benefiting the smile’s aesthetics. They include screenings for serious issues such as oral cancer. When a dentist diagnoses a malignancy in its earliest stages before it has spread, the patient’s prognosis is much better.
In addition to exams, prophylaxis (the technical term for professional cleanings) are instrumental in safeguarding your smile, too.
In addition to exams, prophylaxis (the technical term for professional cleanings) are instrumental in safeguarding your smile, too. In fact, that very word means “protective”.
A hygienist’s cleanings can be highly effective in clearing away any bacteria and plaque that remain on your teeth despite your most diligent efforts to remove them via your home oral hygiene regimen. The hygienist can use specialized instruments and is able to reach surfaces that are largely inaccessible to you directly.
Remember that not all preventive care takes place in the dental office, though. In the months between your exams and professional cleanings, follow your dentist’s recommendations for brushing and flossing at home. The professionals involved in your care can give you guidance on proper technique and make recommendations for any steps beyond brushing and flossing that may benefit you.
Take steps to obtain preventive oral health care if you want to maintain a healthy, stellar smile. If it’s been more than six months since your last routine appointment, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 as soon as possible to schedule an exam and cleaning.