Regular dental hygiene visits are vital for good oral health as well as the long-term appearance and function of your teeth. Between visits, it’s extremely important to maintain good oral hygiene, but when you visit your dental hygienist, you are making an important investment in your oral health. The dental hygiene professionals perform cleaning and maintenance that at-home care can’t provide, as well as serving as the dentist’s front-line advisors in order to detect trouble spots or potential problems.
When you come in for a checkup, we’re really practicing preventive dentistry. An ounce of prevention, as we all know, is worth a pound of cure, and that’s especially true in dentistry. Regular cleanings, checkups, x-rays, and other treatments keep your teeth and gums healthy so larger problems don’t develop down the road. That’s why we make sure to give all our patients proper brushing and flossing education, so they can bring home all the tools they need to maintain their oral health between visits.
A regular checkup includes scaling (removal of plaque and tartar from teeth), x-rays (to check for issues in the teeth, roots, and jaw), polishing (smoothing the tooth surface to make it more difficult for plaque to accumulate), and a fluoride treatment (to make teeth resistant to decay). We also give oral hygiene lessons where needed.
Another important part of a routine checkup is an oral cancer screening. Dental hygienists examine each patient for signs of oral cancer as part of each hygiene appointment. As with any other form of cancer, early detection is key, and the hygienist knows the signs and symptoms to look for. Your oral health is our primary concern.
With regular examinations and good oral hygiene, you can feel confident that your smile will last a lifetime - and we’ll be there to help along the way.