For some people, seeing the dentist only happens if they are experiencing pain. However, did you know that pain could be prevented altogether? There are many reasons which make seeing your dentist regularly important to both your oral and general health. Find out those reasons and more with help from your St. Clair Shores, MI dentist at Malouf Family Dentistry.
Why do I have to go to the dentist regularly?
First and foremost, you should see your dentist to prevent dental problems. Seeing your dentist once every six months provides plenty of time to catch issues early and treat them before they become more advanced. Additionally, regular cleanings allow your dentist to remove all the decay-causing plaque and tartar which have formed on your teeth, preventing cavities and gum disease.
What can I expect at a normal dental examination and cleaning?
Your dentist performs a full examination of your teeth and oral tissues, searching for any irregularities and determining if there are any issues like cavities or broken teeth to repair during your visit. X-rays help your dentist see any decay or problems between and inside of your teeth. Your hygienist then thoroughly cleans the teeth, removing all of the plaque and tartar which has built up over time. If there is extensive tartar present, your hygienist may recommend periodontal treatment or a deep cleaning. If your dentist deems further procedures necessary, they may recommend additional appointments.
How can I keep my teeth clean between appointments?
Between your biannual appointments, a strong at-home daily oral care routine keeps your teeth clean and healthy. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes, or the length of a song on the radio. Floss at least once a day, using a new strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria.
To keep your teeth as healthy as possible, see your dentist at least twice a year. For more information on why you should see your dentist regularly or to schedule your examination and cleaning, please contact Dr. Sam Malouf, DMD at Malouf Family Dentistry in St. Clair Shores, MI. Call (586) 772-9020 to speak with an associate about your appointment today!