Routine cleanings and exams are an important part of a good oral care routine that everyone needs to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing are important for daily cleaning, but a professional cleaning gets to the particles that you can’t reach on your own. We welcome patients in Edgartown, MA to visit us at Edgartown Dental Group for this essential step in oral care.
Many patients may think that daily brushing and flossing are enough to keep their teeth clean. While these habits are crucial for controlling the development of gum disease and preventing cavities, you just aren’t able to reach all the spaces in your mouth on your own. There are areas in between the teeth that brushing or flossing can miss, as well as areas in the back that you simply can’t reach. Plaque and food debris can build up in these areas, potentially allowing a cavity to form. The bacteria that live in plaque can also produce acids that attack the gums, leading to periodontal disease. Professional cleanings at your dentist office in Edgartown, MA remove these harmful substances on a regular basis and protect your oral health.
Dental exams are important because they give your dentist a chance to catch dental problems – if there are any – in their early stages. You can then receive treatment to restore your oral health before the problem can get worse and become more challenging to treat.
When you visit Edgartown Dental Group for an exam and cleaning, your appointment will usually start with the exam. You may have x-rays taken, as these are usually taken once a year. You may also have an oral cancer screening at this time. The dental cleaning is usually performed by a hygienist. It consists of two basic parts – removing tartar from the teeth and brushing the teeth using special toothpaste. You will then have your teeth flossed and rinse out your mouth to finish the cleaning.
It is recommended that you have an exam and cleaning twice a year (about every six months). To schedule your next appointment, give us a call at Edgartown Dental Group today.