GOING TO THE DENTIST for some basic preventative dentistry is something we should all be doing twice a year every year. If you’re in the Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach areas and you’re already in the habit of coming in for regular cleanings, that’s wonderful! If not, here’s what you can expect from a typical cleaning appointment.
Your Check-Up Is Crucial for Preventative Dentistry
When visiting the dentist for a check-up, there are a few things that will typically happen. If you don’t have any existing dental concerns or conditions, the first step is usually dental X-rays. Your medical and dental history, your age, and your current oral health will determine how often you need these.
Dental X-rays help dentists to find and diagnose tooth decay hiding between the teeth and other places hard to see with the naked eye. They also identify dental and orthodontic issues beneath the gums.
Next, the hygienist will begin cleaning the teeth. They use a small metal tool called a scaler to scrape away any tartar in between the teeth and around the gumline. Then they’ll polish the teeth using a lightly abrasive paste and a polishing tool. This gives your teeth a nice, deep clean and removes any remaining tartar. They finish the cleaning off with flossing.
Once the hygienist is done, it’s the dentist’s turn. They’ll review your X-rays, check your teeth and gums for signs of decay and gum disease, measure the depth of your gingival pockets, check for swelling and redness, test how well your teeth come together when you bite down, and examine your neck, lymph glands, and mouth for signs of oral cancer. When they finish, they’ll discuss treatment for any dental work you need and give you tips on improving your daily dental care routine.
Why Visiting The Dentist Is Important for Patients in Manhattan Beach and Rdondo Beach
Even for people with great oral health habits like brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily, the preventative dentistry step of visiting the dentist every six months is crucial to maintaining good oral health. The reason for this is that dental problems don’t go away on their own and tend to get worse, which also makes them more difficult (and expensive) to fix. Regular dental checkups catch problems early so that more intense treatment doesn’t become necessary.
We Can’t Wait To See You!
Whether it’s been six months or longer since the last time we saw you, we’re looking forward to seeing you again! Schedule your next appointment with us right away, and we can make sure everything in your mouth is healthy and clean! Make sure to check the map for directions before you head our way!