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How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

You should get a checkup and cleaning at least every 6 months.

But it’s not a steady and fast rule to visit your dentist twice a year…You might need to be seen by a dentist more often If you have more specific or acute dental health needs (eg. root canals, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, etc.)

It’s important to see a dentist on a regular, semi-annual schedule at a minimum.  It turns out that a basic cleaning and checkup isn’t actually all that basic…

Your dentist and hygienist use specialized tools and techniques (not to mention their expert hands) to clean and examine your teeth and gums.

Your dentist is a master at spotting dental health problems much earlier than you ever could.  When they find a problem early enough, they can use preventative care to resolve dental health issues before they get out of hand.  Regular visits to professionals like Dr. Kososki can keep things as cheap and painless as possible for you.

The main thing to consider when it comes to dentist visit frequency is that your dental health is a collaborative effort between you and your dentist.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you clean between your teeth using floss, or an alternative interdental cleaner, once each day.  They also recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.

But that’s just the front-line defense for your teeth.  A good dental health regimen works in tandem with regular visits to your dentist.  Together, you and your dentist work to prevent tooth decay and keep your smile sparkling white and strong.

That fact is that no matter how well you brush and floss, plaque still builds up over time.  Then, that plaque hardens into tartar.  That tartar can lead to cavities and gum disease.  Like I mentioned above, your dentist can remedy everything before it turns into a serious problem.

Your dentist uses precise tools and instruments during your visit to check and make sure that everything is copacetic with your dental health. Tools typically used at the dentist include the following:

Mirrors

Dentists use small mirrors to see the back surfaces of teeth and deep into your mouth. They help dentists to spot tartar deposits at different areas of your mouth more easily.

Scalers

Once your dentist has assessed the tartar buildup in your mouth, they switch to scalers.  Dentists use scalers to scrape plaque and calculus deposits off of your teeth. Scalers have two ends.  One is a pointed end used above the gumline.  The other is a curved, blunt end that is used to clean below the gum line without injuring the gums.

Polishers

Once the plaque and calculus have been spotted and removed with mirrors and scalers, your dentist or hygienist will break out a polishing tool to polish your teeth.  This makes your teeth look as white and shiny as possible.

There are more tools that can be used during dentist visits, but these are the basics.

Remember, your focus should be to brush and floss to keep plaque and tartar at bay and keep your teeth in good shape.  But that’s not all you should do.

Every six months, you need to let your dentist break out the special tools and cleaning instruments.  Remember, it’s a collaborative effort to make sure that your teeth stay stronger for longer (and sparkle like they should).

Time for a checkup?  Contact Kososki Dental and make sure your teeth and gums get the care they deserve.

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