Why Your 6 Month Cleaning is Important

YOUR 6 MONTH DENTAL VISIT

You may have wondered why it’s important to go in for your regular dental visit every 6 months. This is a common question that we get in the office, so we thought we’d take a few minutes to share why it’s important to do. Not just for the health of your smile, but for the overall health of your whole body!

Of course, checking for tooth decay is one of the top priorities anytime you are in the dental chair. The hygienist, while they are “under the hood” also are looking for things like: gum health, indications of oral cancer, your bite, excessive wear and tear, signs of TMJ. Once that visual inspection has been completed, your hygienist will clean your teeth and share any important information with you (like a friendly reminder to floss more).

We also pay special attention to plaque and tartar on the teeth. This buildup is one of the primary reasons for the routine cleaning. If the plaque and tartar are not taken care in a timely fashion, it can harden and cause irritation with the soft gum tissue. Eventually, plaque can also lead to gum disease if not managed.

At the end of the visit with the hygienist, the Doctor will typically spend some time with you to do a final check, and talk through issues that are present. We all want the clean bill of health when we visit the dentist. Here’s a few reminders for how to make that happen:

  • Take note of your brushing techniques. Correct if necessary.
  • Floss after every meal.
  • Take note of your gums when you are brushing
  • Take note of teeth grinding or clenching at night

We appreciate all of our patients, and have their oral health always on our minds. If you have any questions about our process, or what we have found during your last visit, please feel free to reach out to us via phone or email.