You should be seeing your dentist every six months to have your teeth professionally cleaned and your entire smile, including your gums and your teeth, examined. This can help to identify oral diseases in their earliest stages when they can be treated most easily.
You should be having semi-annual exams and cleanings at your dentist’s office. Here’s what to expect from those services:
Some patients may benefit from other preventive care, such as sealants or fluoride treatments, to protect or strengthen the teeth. Dr. Burton will discuss the benefits of these interventions with you so that you can make an informed choice about your treatment.
In order to keep your smile as healthy as possible between dental appointments, you should be brushing and flossing as directed. Keep in mind the following tips:
Patients should see their dentists every six months to stay on top of changes in their oral health. This allows your dentist to identify and treat any issues before they become severe. For example, a small cavity can be addressed with a filling while a large area of decay may require a crown. Some patients may be tempted to delay visits to the dentist until they’re experiencing symptoms, but doing so makes it more likely that you’ll need a more involved treatment.
You should be brushing twice each day, and flossing daily. Keep in mind that you should take care to use the proper technique for these activities. Each brushing session should last two minutes to be sufficient, and you should use a brush that is no more than three or four months old. You should also angle your brush along the gumline to remove plaque in that area. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for more guidance on toothbrushing technique.
In addition to having your teeth examined every six months, you will also have dental cleanings at these regular appointments. Those cleanings are just as important as the exams. Brushing and flossing alone can’t remove Tartar. A dental hygienist can use specialized instruments to dislodge the tartar that forms when plaque calcifies on your teeth. It’s also easier for the dental hygienist to reach the rearmost sections of your smile, along with the inner surfaces of your teeth, which you may not be able to get to.
Getting a cavity filled is usually associated with minimal if any, discomfort. We will first numb the area with a local anesthetic so that you will not feel any sensations while we remove decayed tooth material. If you do experience any discomfort after the anesthetic wears off, it can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.