If having a checkup sounds juvenile or like something that only children need, your feelings aren’t uncommon- but they are misinformed. While children benefit greatly from regular dentist visits to make sure that they are developing properly and to ward off cavities, these visits are just as important for adults. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will discuss the reasons that adults still need to attend regular checkups and cleanings, as well as what a visit to our office is like.
If Nothing Is Wrong, Why Do I Need to Go to the Dentist?
You know that if you are having any problems with your teeth or mouth, such as a toothache or bleeding, and especially if you experience a dental emergency, that you should see your dentist as soon as possible. However, the American Dental Association recommends that every person (starting as young as age three) should go to the dentist for a routine exam and cleaning at least once every six months, even if they practice good oral hygiene at home and have no signs of any issues. This is because there are things that your dentist can notice and fix that are sometimes unnoticeable and not fixable with the normal tools you use at home.
What Happens at a Routine Appointment?
At your appointment, you will first receive a professional teeth cleaning. This cleaning will remove the hard, built-up plaque and tartar that has stuck to your teeth and can’t be removed by normal brushing and flossing. Your dental technician will also be able to see if there is any plaque buildup on your teeth roots and can perform a deep cleaning if necessary, saving your teeth not only from the cavities that the bacteria in plaque can create, but from gum disease, too. At the dentist’s office, you can also get x-rays of your mouth, a capability you certainly wouldn’t have in the comfort of your home, to check for any underlying issues that may go unnoticed to the naked eye. A dentist’s tools and technology allow them to thoroughly examine your mouth and smile for any warning signs of potential problems, even screening for oral cancer. Having the results of your exam noted in your chart can then serve as reminders for your next appointment if there were any spots of potential concern that your dentist wanted to watch to make sure that your smile stays healthy and beautiful.
Time to Check up on Your Smile Health?
Even if you practice great oral hygiene, it is important to make regular dentist checkups a part of your healthcare routine to catch potential problems as they arise and to have a better, more thorough understanding of your oral health. To schedule an appointment, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.