Why six month visits are important
For many people, visiting the dentist is a burden. Some may even consider regular dental check-ups every six months a waste of time if there is nothing obviously wrong. However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, regular six-month examinations are essential to dental health, and can be the difference between a quick and easy procedure and a painful toothache.
What is the purpose of a six month check up?
Six-month dental check ups are designed to be more than just a check up. Your dentist will look at your teeth and gums, along with examining your head and neck to be sure nothing is out of the ordinary and your joints and muscles are in working order.
What can my dentist tell just from looking at my smile?
Dentists can tell much more than you think from a simple examination. Your dentist is able to tell if you have vitamin deficiencies, diabetes or even oral cancer by examining the mouth. They may look at the jaw to search for signs of joint conditions like temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder.
How do dental cleanings affect my oral health?
Plaque and tartar cause tooth decay, and can build up on the teeth very quickly. While brushing and flossing can knock away most of this plaque and tartar, it may not be enough. Your dentist will clean your teeth at your six-month visit, removing plaque and tartar and polishing the teeth. They will also take this time to review brushing and flossing techniques to ensure your teeth stay as clean and healthy as possible between visits.
If you have questions about six-month appointments or would like to schedule one, Dr. Pari J. Moazed, DDS in Westminster, MD can help. She and her staff are dedicated to friendly and professional care, and can help you on your journey to a happy and healthy smile. Call (410) 848-9192 to schedule an appointment today!