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Have you ever wondered why your dentist recommends you visit them at least twice a year? It’s because regular dental visits are absolutely crucial for the maintenance of strong teeth and healthy gums. It’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy in between those appointments as well.

If you need additional work, your dentist may even suggest more visits. There are two parts to a regular dental examination. One part is the check-up, and the other is the cleaning.

Next, they will check your gums. This is done with a special tool that can measure spaces between your teeth and gums. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become much larger. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow, and not as pronounced. The check-up will also very often include your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck.

During the cleaning, your dental professional will use another set of instruments to remove tartar. This process is known as scaling. Once your teeth have been scaled, they may be polished using a gritty paste. This helps to remove any stains on your teeth that have accumulated. Finally, your dental professional will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

Related: What is Plaque and How Can I Prevent It? and The Truth About Cavities

Here are some facts about regular dental visits:

  • Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • There are two parts to a regular dental visit: The check-up and the cleaning.
  • During the check-up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas.
  • During the cleaning, your dental professional will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and may polish your teeth.
  • You should have a regular dental visit at least twice a year.

Final Thoughts

During your visit, your dentist or dental hygienist will stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits. At the conclusion of your visit they’ll tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations.

It cannot be stressed enough that you should see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home. That’s why regular dental visits are important.

At the checkup, your dentist or hygienist will check for cavities and look to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria that can harden and become tartar if it is not removed. You cannot get rid of tartar with brushing and flossing. The buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth can cause oral diseases.

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