Taking proper care of your teeth means more than only brushing and flossing. It is important to visit your dentist regularly for a general checkup and professional cleaning.
You should have your teeth cleaned as often as your oral hygienist or dentist recommends. If you have healthy gums and good oral hygiene habits, you may not need to have your teeth cleaned every six months.
A proper dental cleaning procedure will take more or less 30 minutes to one hour. Dental hygienists are the specialists in this particular field.
What would a general trip to the dentist entail?
- A proper Cleaning: A dental hygienist or dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities and bad breath. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
- A Full Dental Examination: Your dentist will perform an examination of your teeth, gums and mouth to ensure there are no problems.
- X-Rays: X-rays can diagnose problems that aren’t easy noticeable. This can be damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumours, and decay between the teeth.