Professional dental cleanings and assessments are vital to maintaining long-term oral health. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for patients of all ages to get out of the habit of seeing their dentist regularly.
Our Troy dentists have seen the effects of this phenomenon firsthand. That is why we have put together this short primer explaining the ins and outs of semi-annual dental cleanings. Keep reading to learn more.
What do you mean by “fall behind?”
Well, the general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that both adult and pediatric patients complete professional appointments every six months. However, there are special circumstances which may necessitate more frequent care. People who are managing diabetes, for example, may need frequent cleanings to minimize the risk of develop periodontal disease.
What happens during these appointments?
At every appointment, our team will start by assessing your oral health, looking specifically for signs of dental caries and periodontal disease. We’ll then complete an oral cancer screening. The next step is clean your mouth of plaque as well as calcified tartar. Once we’ve refreshed your smile, we’ll polish your teeth and rinse your oral tissues.
Before you leave, we’ll talk about your at-home dental routine. Our dentists can give you personalized recommendations on everything from dental tools to toothpaste and oral rinse formulations.
What if I haven’t been the dentist in years?
First of all, you are not alone! It is common for patients to get caught up in the business of daily life, and let their dental schedules slip. The important thing to remember is that we are here to help you, not to judge you. We promise that no smile is beyond saving—now is the perfect time to get back on track!
As always, our Troy dentists can answer any questions that you may have, and help you schedule a personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!