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Regular Dental Visits | Understanding the Importance

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Regular Dental Visits | Understanding the Importance


For many people, the idea of regular dental visits to their local Prescott Valley dentist are only routine in about 50% of the population. To most of us we only seek out the dentist when we have dental pain that should be addressed. As long as most people are satisfied with the appearance of their teeth and have no pains or discomforts to complain about, they think that there’s no need to go see a dentist. The idea is only considered when they begin to notice a nagging tooth pain or a flaw that is starting to affect the appearance of the front teeth, or if an obvious problem suddenly presents itself, such as a chipped tooth.


Making it a habit

Dentists strongly encourage everyone to make visiting the dentist part of their regular routine. Their recommended frequency is once every six months—that’s sufficient time for dental professionals to examine your current oral health, to determine if your oral care habits at home are producing positive results, and to recommend a different regimen in case improvements need to be made to your dental care program.


To truly understand the importance of regular dental visits, provided below is a description of what a regular visit would be like and how it can benefit the health of your teeth and gums.


A general examination

When you settle into the dentist’s chair for an examination, the dentist won’t directly zoom into problem areas, as most people would expect. The first part of a usual dentist visit would typically include a general examination of the patient’s head and neck; this is meant to check for anything that could appear to be out of the ordinary. Your face, neck, lymph nodes and lower jaw joints would be the focus of this initial exam.


A clinical dental examination

The next step would be to examine and assess the condition of your teeth and gums. Here, the dentist would look at your gums, your tongue, and the inside of your mouth to check for disease. Next would be to look at your teeth—to see if there are any loose or broken teeth or visual signs of tooth decay, and to check your bite and the contact between your teeth. If you have any dental devices (like fillings, crowns, veneers, implants, etc.), the dentist will evaluate their condition. X-rays will be taken if they are needed.


A session of cleaning

The last part of your dental visit would include cleaning your mouth, gums and teeth.  Tartar and plaque will be removed, floss will be used between the teeth, and polishing the teeth is performed.


After these steps, the dentist will talk to you about the health of your teeth and gums and provide recommendations for caring for them at home during the next six months before your next visit. By following the dentist’s orders and returning every six months to allow them to check the condition of our teeth and gums, you can help ensure continued good oral health.


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