What should you expect from seeing your Downingtown, PA dentist for your routine exam?
You’ve probably heard that everyone over the age of one should be seeing their dentist twice a year, but you may be wondering why. Find out why it’s important for your smile to see your Downingtown, PA dentist Dr. Carl J. Horchos every six months and what you can expect during your routine visit.
A thorough physical examination
When you come into our Downingtown, PA general dentist’s office for your six-month checkup you can always expect us to take a look at your teeth and gums to make sure everything looks healthy. We will exam your smile to check for signs of decay, cavities, gum disease and even oral cancer.
By following through with your routine dental visits we will be able to pinpoint dental issues when they are small and easily manageable, which means less invasive treatments, less time in the dental chair and less money spent.
A professional dental cleaning
Even if you brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day you might be surprised to find out that you can still miss certain areas of your smile. While plaque can easily be removed by brushing your teeth at home only your Downingtown, PA general dentist Dr. Horchos has the tools to remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas.
Plaque that remains on your teeth even after you brush quickly turns to tartar, which can’t be removed from at-home brushing. Only we can remove tartar during your six-month cleaning. By seeing us every six months to remove plaque and tartar you greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease.
A series of X-rays
Once a year during your routine visits we will perform X-rays to look for small cavities, enamel wear (usually from teeth grinding) and to make sure that teeth are growing in properly (e.g. wisdom teeth). Since we can only see so much with the naked eye we turn to our advanced dental technology to be able to identify the smallest problems before they become serious.
If it’s time to schedule your six-month dental visit then act now. These visits are important to your oral health so keeping up with them will help stave off problems like decay, cavities and gum disease. Call Chestnut Dental Associates today to book your next dental appointment.