The Importance of Six Month Check-Up’s

Published on September 12, 2016 by

Have you ever wondered why your dentist recommends you to visit their office every six months for a dental check-up and a hygiene appointment?  It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the preservation of teeth and gums, and in between the exams it is absolutely vital that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

During routine dental exams, the dentist and/or dental hygienist will look at your teeth, gums, mouth and tongue.  They will check the teeth visually and with x-rays for decay and the overall health of your gums.

 

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Above are examples of x-rays that your dentist may recommend

Many dentists will pay special attention to plaque and tartar.  Plaque and tartar can build up very quickly if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits.  If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and cause irritation in the tissue of the gums and if left untreated, it can lead to gum disease.  Along with the examination, the dental hygienist typically provides a thorough cleaning of the teeth.  They are able to remove any plaque or tartar, floss and polish your teeth, and review recommended brushing and flossing techniques.

Once the examination and cleaning are complete, the dentist or dental hygienist will discuss the overall health of your teeth and gums.  They may also provide you with any recommended treatment that you may need.

To book your next dental exam and hygiene appointment, please give us a call at 605-886-2805.

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