The importance of regular dental check-ups

The ADA (American Dental Association) and your dentist in Kamuela both stress the importance of twice yearly check-ups; these visits to your dentist are an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums in excellent health. Of course, you cannot just rely on these visits, between them it is your responsibility to practice good oral health by keeping your teeth brushed and flossed.

What happens during a typical check-up?

The dentist or the dental hygienist will conduct a thorough check for evidence of decay as well as plaque and tartar. Plaque is bacteria that form a sticky layer on the surface of teeth if it is left on the teeth it hardens and becomes plaque. Neither plaque nor tartar can be removed simply by brushing and flossing, if it is not removed professionally it can quickly be the root cause of oral problems.

The dentist will check the condition of your gums, the dentist, use a special tool measures the gap between the teeth and gums; if the gums are healthy the gap is minimal, if there is an issue with the gums it will appear as a larger gap.

The professional cleaning:

Of course, regular brushing and flossing at home can help control the buildup of plaque; however, you cannot remove tartar at home. When the dentist in Kamuela is cleaning your teeth, he or she will employ a tool known as a “scaler.” Once the teeth have been scaled, the dentist uses a gritty paste to polish them. Finally, the dentist will floss your teeth, ensuring that all evidence of debris is removed.

Between visits:

It is recommended that you visit your dentist for a routine check-up and cleaning, it is up to you to take care of your teeth between visits. The buildup of plaque on the surface of your teeth is a continual process, regular brushing and flossing is required to keep it under control. For home care there are a couple of timely tips to take into account:

     *     Brush twice a day minimum, it is a good idea to use toothpaste which contains fluoride.

     *     Floss at least once a day

     *     To keep your breath fresh and to rid your mouth of plaque bacteria use a high quality mouth wash

Regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy if there is any evidence that would indicate the beginning of a cavity or any other dental problem it can be attended to before it becomes a major issue. You are invited to contact us to arrange for an early appointment.

Twice yearly visits to your dentist in Kamuela for a check-up and professional cleaning are an important part of total dental care. You are invited to make an appointment by contacting the office of Business Name.