July 26, 2017
Many adults don’t manage to visit the dentist every six months as recommended. We know life is busy and your schedule can get in the way — but when you think about what you get in return for this hour-long visit twice annually, it’s clearly worth the (small) investment in time. Six month checkups and cleanings contribute to a healthy, long-lasting smile, says Dr. Alex Martin, your dentist in Scottsdale. And that’s priceless.
Why Annual Visits (Usually) Aren’t Enough
Some lucky people can get by visiting the dentist just once a year, but for most patients, annual visits just aren’t enough to keep your teeth really clean. Plaque and tartar buildup happens quickly, and both lead to cavities and gum disease that can cause significant issues later on. We’ll let you know how often you should visit us for preventive care.
When you come into our office regularly, you are also ensuring we can provide the most conservative treatment possible when something does go wrong. Tooth decay and infection can worsen quickly, and we want to make sure we stay on top of even the smallest changes in your mouth to keep minor issues from becoming major, complex problems.
But Nothing’s Wrong! Why Do I Need to See the Dentist?
Another thing that prevents people from scheduling and attending regular checkups and cleanings is that they mistakenly think just because they’re not experiencing any pain or problems, their teeth are healthy. The truth is that tooth decay and gum disease don’t present any noticeable symptoms right at first, when they are easiest to correct. Once you do notice pain or any other symptom, it’s usually too late to provide conservative treatment.
So remember this — if you’re not experiencing any symptoms at all, that’s actually the best time to visit the dentist! We’ll help ensure your smile stays healthy and pain-free.
What to Expect From a Checkup and Cleaning
When you visit Dr. Martin’s office for a routine exam and hygiene appointment, we will begin by chatting with you about your teeth and gums. Have you noticed any changes lately? Experienced any pain, or anything out of the norm at all?
Once we have an updated picture of your oral health, we’ll capture X-Ray images and get started cleaning your teeth. Removing biofilm is a major focus of this routine visit — that’s how we prevent cavities and gum disease. Your hygienist will also be on the lookout for any periodontal pockets, or spaces between the teeth and gums that indicate the presence of infection and the need for gum disease treatment.
After your teeth are completely clean, Dr. Martin will begin the examination by checking out your X-Rays and taking a look around your teeth and surrounding oral structures. If any issues are detected — like cavities, failing dental work, or even oral cancer — we’ll put together a plan for follow-up treatment ASAP.
Come See Us This Month!
When was the last time you visited Dr. Martin for a routine checkup and cleaning? Even if you don’t have a problem, you should still visit us every six months. Request an appointment today!
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