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What You Need to Know About Your Six Month Dental Checkup

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Dental CheckupSix-month dental checkups are essential for your oral health. In fact, some patients find their unique oral health needs require more frequent dental checkups.  Meet with your dentist to discuss whether you should abide by a schedule of bi-annual dental visits or if a higher frequency will be necessary.  Frequent checkups are important to perform a deep clean, beautify your smile and keep your teeth strong.

What Happens at the Six-month Dental Checkup: The Examination

A six-month dental checkup starts with an examination of the teeth, gums, tongue, jaw and face. Our goal is to preserve the patient’s oral health, the appearance of the teeth/gums and the mouth’s overall functionality. We center the examination on looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Gum disease and tooth decay typically occur when the patient fails to perform the proper level of dental care.

The failure to abide by a regular schedule of six-month dental checkups can also cause tooth decay and gum disease. If food particles are left on the teeth, plaque will accumulate and wear away at the tooth enamel. This plaque can move to the gums, spur an infection and lead to the destruction of the jaw, tooth roots, gums and beyond.

The worst case scenario is tooth loss. If we find tooth decay or gum disease, there is no need to panic. We will determine the most effective method for restoring a patient’s smile and helping the patient maintain healthy teeth.

A Thorough Cleaning is Performed at Every Six Month Dental Checkup

While effective, the toothbrush cannot reach every nook and cranny of the mouth. Thus, flossing is necessary to reach these spaces. However, even floss sometimes misses spaces between teeth or the areas at which the gums and teeth meet. While a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss can clean the teeth, they cannot clean as well as a professional dentist visit.

This does not mean people should skip flossing and brushing and rely on the dentist. Rather, it means semiannual visits to the dentist are necessary to remove the plaque and tartar built on the teeth as well as the gums. These substances are toxic to one’s oral health. The plaque will eventually build up to the point that it hardens and sticks to the teeth, causing ugly brown staining. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar.

People cannot remove tartar on their own. Only a dentist has the tools necessary for this challenge. With our professional treatments, we will scrape away the buildup and possibly add a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that moves on deep into the teeth, bolstering their strength and making them that much more durable.

This is an Opportunity to Discuss Your Oral Health

Visit the dentist every six months and you will have the opportunity to discuss your oral health in-depth with a legitimate professional.  You can pick your dentist’s brain, get all of your questions answered and walk away from your semiannual appointments feeling confident in your ability to take care of your teeth and gums.  Do not shy away from asking your dentist about new dentistry tools, approaches, technologies, findings and so on.

Call (313) 251-1355 to schedule an appointment with Contemporary Dentistry PC in our Dearborn dental office.

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