No oral health care routine is complete without daily brushing and flossing. However, at-home care can only go so far. That’s why routine checkups and cleanings are so important to long-term oral health. At Friedland Family Dentistry, our dentists make sure that no underlying dental problems are present and confirm that you’re doing everything you need to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Feel free to call our office today to schedule your next appointment!
Once you’ve checked in with our front desk, one of our hygienists will lead you to one of our dental operatories where you’ll briefly wait to see one of our dentists. Before your actual exam, our hygienist will perform a detailed cleaning, making sure to remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth as well as the deep nooks and crannies on your mouth. These areas can often be difficult to clean at home. They’ll also floss in between your teeth to ensure a truly comprehensive cleaning.
After the cleaning is complete, one of our dentists will come in and speak with you directly about your dental concerns. This way, they know what to keep in mind as they complete your exam. Finally, they’ll provide their recommendations on any potential treatments they think would help improve your oral health.
Our office recommends visiting at least once every six months. If you have children, we recommend bringing them in for a brief checkup once they reach the age of one or within six months of their first tooth erupting.
Keep in mind that the frequency of professional visits can vary depending on your current oral health or certain treatments you might currently be undergoing. For example, if you have severe gum disease and you are currently undergoing periodontal therapy, we ask that you come to our office once every three to four months. This gives us an opportunity to confirm that your therapy is working as intended and that no gum disease is reappearing.
While it may seem that having a good at-home brushing and flossing routine is enough to keep dental disease at bay, professional visits are necessary for a number of reasons. For example, only a dentist can: