It is recommended that you visit Dr. DeForest for a routine cleaning and exam twice a year (approximately every six months). Why is this schedule so important? You may think that you don’t need regular cleanings if you are diligent about brushing and flossing every day. However, even the best home dental care can leave behind traces of plaque and/or food debris that is potentially harmful to the teeth. This leftover debris can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist, so it is important to keep your dental appointments.
Another reason why it is important to visit the dentist regularly is to get a thorough exam. Oral diseases often do not present symptoms until they have progressed into a more advanced stage, at which point they are more difficult and more expensive to treat. Dr. DeForest will examine the teeth, gums, and mouth overall to check for signs of any developing issues, catching problems early to get them treated.
Cleanings are usually performed by a hygienist. First, traces of plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth surfaces using dental tools. Then, the teeth will be brushed with special toothpaste and an electric toothbrush. The toothpaste used at the dentist’s office is grittier in texture than store-bought toothpaste, so it cleans and polishes the teeth very well. The cleaning will end with flossing and a rinse.
The teeth and gums will be inspected for signs of decay or damage, and the development of oral diseases such as gum disease. Digital X-rays and Intraoral Scan showing the current condition of your mouth . This will help Dr. DeForest make the best dental recommendations with your continued treatment plan.