Most people don’t understand the importance of regular visits to dentists. They visit a dentist only when their teeth start aching, gums start bleeding or any such problem occurs. Actually the whole set of our teeth is so important that it deserves to keep in proper shape. Mouth is one of the major entry gates for whatever goes into our body and teeth do the important job of making it suitable for entering our body. We forget that our teeth work hard and we just ignore them. Result? Cavities, bleeding gums, bad breath, gingivitis and so many tooth problems! In such a condition, don’t you think that a regular dental checkup will help?
What is a Regular Dental Checkup?
A regular dental checkup consists of two parts – checkup and cleaning.
Checkup: Your dentist will check if there are any cavities, plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, transparent layer consisting of bacteria. If it is not scrubbed off the teeth, it becomes hard in which case it is called tartar. Brushing and flossing are of no use to remove tartar. If plaque and tartar are not removed on time, they may give rise to several oral diseases.
Next stage of checkup is checking gums. A special tool is used for this to measure gaps between your teeth and gums. If your gums are healthy, these gaps are shallow, while if they have gum disease, the gap deepens.
Checkup also includes checking of tongue, throat, head, neck and face. It is useful to find out any signs of swelling, any other problem or even cancer.
Cleaning: Brushing and flossing can remove plaque, but not tartar. Tartar is cleaned by the dentist with the help of special tools and the process is called scaling. After scaling, your teeth may be polished. For this a granular paste is used in most cases, which helps eliminate any surface stains.
Finally flossing is done by the dentist to ensure that the remote and unreachable spots in your mouth are cleaned.
What to Do Between Two Dental Checkups?
To maintain the effect of your dental checkup, you should take due care between two visits. Plaque keeps forming on your teeth. You can get rid of it by regular brushing and flossing. Some more tips for correct oral care are:
- Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Use a mouth rinse to ensure complete elimination of oral bacteria.
Twin Peaks Dentist provides family dental care to children, teens and adults. They provide a range of dental services including but not limited to Invisalign, crowns, preventive treatments and emergency care.