Find out the importance of visiting your dentist for routine checkups.
If you want to maintain a healthy smile, visiting our Downingtown, PA, dentist, Dr. Carl Horchos, should be a no-brainer; however, if you aren’t coming in for routine checkups and you feel like your teeth and gums still look and feel great, you may wonder why you even need these checkups. We are here to explain what goes into your six-month cleanings and how they help you maintain good oral health.
What happens at a routine dental checkup?
Every six months you should visit your Downingtown general dentist for routine cleanings and checkups to protect your smile from dental issues. Of course, if you are someone who is at a high risk for decay, gum disease, or other issues, you may need to come in more regularly.
If it’s your first time coming into our office, then we will also take time to really get to know you and your health. This means having you fill out paperwork regarding your own detailed medical history (everything from chronic health problems to hospitalizations to medications you are currently taking). This will allow us to understand your specific health needs so we can provide you with safe, effective care.
One of the most integral parts of a dental checkup is to clean your teeth. Even if you brush and floss regularly there are still areas you might miss. This is where our dental hygienists come in and can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Remember, once plaque hardens into tartar it can’t be removed with a simple at-home toothbrush, only we have the special tools to get rid of tartar. These twice-a-year dental cleanings can help keep decay and gum disease at bay.
Besides giving you a clean, radiant smile we will also take time to examine your teeth and gums to look for any warning signs that could mean that you are dealing with problems. We will check the gums to make sure there are no warning signs of gum disease. We will also perform a quick oral cancer screening to look for lumps, lesions, and other suspicious growths that could be cancerous.
About once a year your Downingtown family dentist will also recommend getting X-rays, which can detect decay, bone loss, and other issues that we may not be able to see with the naked eye. X-rays are a great way to really see what’s going on with your smile and to determine if you require dental treatment. Remember that the sooner we detect a dental problem the easier it is to treat.
Chestnut Dental Associates is dedicated to helping you maintain that beautiful smile. No matter whether you need to schedule that six-month checkup or you are dealing with dental issues, our expert dental team in Downingtown, PA, is here to help.