Going to the dentist is something many people struggle to make time for. After all, we’re all super busy in today’s fast-paced world. But, skimping on your oral health definitely shouldn’t be an option. In this article, you’ll find out why.
I brush regularly, do I really need to go to the dentist?
You’d be surprised how frequently dentists here this exact same perspective. While it’s great, and very important, that you have a solid at-home oral care routine, the tools you use a few minutes out of every day cannot substitute for the professional care of a trained dental hygienist or dentist.
At your six-month checkup, your dental hygienist will be able to scrape plaque and tartar carefully off the surfaces of your teeth that simple brushing can’t remove. They’ll also be able to get into the grooves of your gums to remove build-up that brushing and flossing can’t. In doing so, they’re getting rid of the build-up of hundreds of different types of bacteria that would otherwise be left to continue growing inside of your mouth.
Their trained eyes will also be able to spot any potential issues, or areas you may be missing, so that you can prevent dental problems before they happen. In fact, if you have excellent at-home standards, you shouldn’t be in the dental chair but for any longer than 30 minutes. And, you’ll leave with that clean, fresh mouth feeling that only a dental visit can provide.
What can you do in the office that I can do at home?
Sometimes, it can feel like you’ve been doing everything right. You brush twice a day for 2 minutes straight. You use a non-alcoholic mouth rinse at night. You even floss after each meal. Why would you need to go to the dentist with such a stellar care routine that you can take care of yourself?
Here are some of the things your dental hygienist and dentist will be able to take care of that you simply can’t do at home:
- A full mouth cleaning: Your dental hygienist will use the latest technology and equipment to give you a full mouth cleaning that gets all the grooves, spaces, and in-between places that your own toothbrush and floss simply can’t clean properly.
- Tartar/plaque removal: Brushing alone isn’t enough to remove that thin, colorless build-up of plaque that naturally makes its way onto the surface of your teeth. If it gets out of hand, plaque build-up can lead to a variety of oral health problems and, if you have a weakened immune system, it can even contribute to other health problems within your body.
- A trained eye: At your next check-up, your dentist will come and sit down with you to check any potential problem areas and re-assure you that your home care routine has put you on the right track to a lasting and healthy smile. If there is a potential issue, addressing it quickly is important so it doesn’t have the chance to become something bigger.
Is it time for your next dental cleaning? Give us a call today at (412) 338-0678.