Even adults and children with the healthiest oral hygiene routine need to have cleanings scheduled throughout the year. Whether you go to the dentist every six months on the dot or haven’t made it out in a decade, the summer is a great time to schedule a regular cleaning. Why is it important to get regular dental checkups and why is summer the best time?
It can be hard to get kids in during the school year to see the dentist, since most dental offices have hours during the day. If you struggle to get an after-school appointment or don’t want to take your child out from school early for a dentist visit, summer is the perfect time to schedule a cleaning. The dentist’s office is just as quiet during the day as during the school year and you won’t need to worry about sacrificing precious moments in the classroom for a cleaning.
Why Are Regular Cleanings Important?
Regular dental cleanings are a crucial part of maintaining optimal oral health. Regular dental check-ups can actually lower your risk for many diseases, including heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. A surprising number of health issues can also be detected during a simple dental cleaning, including dangerous and quick-to-spread oral cancer. Regular dental cleanings are a great way to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath from ruining your mouth.
What Does a Regular Dental Cleaning Involve?
Unless you need a deep dental cleaning, your cleaning shouldn’t take too long at all. Your dentist and dental hygienist will:
· Clean your teeth
· Take x-rays as needed
· Remove tartar both above and below the gum line
· Polish your teeth
· Floss your teeth
· Offer advice about improving your dental routine
· Check for signs of tooth decay
· Examine your gums
· Check your bite
· Look for signs of TMJ or tooth grinding during the night
· Look for any signs of an infection or oral cancer
Dental Care from Affinity Dental
Whether you need the perfect pediatric dentist for your little one, teeth whitening for you, or oral surgery for your teenager, Affinity Dental is happy to meet all of your needs. Our skilled dentists have over 170 combined years of experience delivering exceptional dental care to patients throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. If you are ready to get your smile bright again, give us a call at (410) 719-7900 or contact us online. For more useful dental care tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.