Nearly everybody knows that every six months you’re expected to go to the dentist for a checkup and tooth cleaning. Nevertheless, although this might be common knowledge, many individuals struggle to go so much. Some end up going in between checkups for years, feeling as if they would know about it if there were a problem. This may be because of having a busy life or it could be because of having an intrinsic fear of the chair of the dentist, which is a surprisingly common phobia. General dentistry is not however, meant to make you afraid. It is designed to provide you with the techniques of prevention that will keep your teeth in excellent health. You may find more details about this at My Dental Home, Dr. Kevin Brown & Associates.
The American Dental Association is at the forefront of motivating people to get to the office of their dentist more often. Although the default time span between visits remains six months, they do suggest that some individuals make the visit much more frequently than that, those who have been labelled “at risk” The reason for the recommendation of such regular visits is because of the pace at which tooth decay will set in. There’s nothing that can be done to undo it, after it has been done. The easiest way to preserve a healthy smile is by far to stay on top of it and avoid it in the first place.
It is important to remember that maintaining clean and safe teeth has far more to do with health and function than it does with vanity and appearances, because far too many people see general dentistry as something that only the superficial need to be excessively concerned with. The dental hygienist can brush your teeth in ways that you would never expect at home. Professional teeth cleaning devices are not for the public to sell and would not be suitable for home use even if they were. However they are strong instruments in a skilled professional’s hands. The equipment and procedures used in the office will clean off the tartar and plaque buildup that can not be brushed alone.
Cleaning is of course, not the only aim of daily visits. The dentist himself will have the ability to inspect the teeth during these appointments to ensure that there are no cavities developing and no other forms of gum disease brewing. He will then make suggestions as to the next best move if there are any. He will conduct an X-ray and see conditions that can not be identified on their own until things have advanced well beyond the preventive level.