Find a dentist before an emergency. The dentist should be close to home or work as this makes it easier to go for a scheduled visit. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the dentist and your dentist listens to you, understands your concerns, and gives you adequate time. Go for regular dental checkups, ideally once every six months.
During a regular visit your dentist will;
- Do a thorough cleaning. The dentist or a dental hygienist will clean the teeth using special instruments that aid to scrape below the gumline, to remove plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other dental problems. If required the dentist or the dental hygienist will polish and floss your teeth.
- A thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth to rule out gum disease or other problems. This will ensure to maintain good oral health and help in early diagnosis and treatment of oral problems.
- If required he or she will do X-rays and other tests to diagnose problems which are not obvious but suspected such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.
How Long Should I go Between Visits
Regular dental checkups are needed ideally once every six months. But if you have a problem and further treatment is needed your dentist may want to see you before that.
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