How Often Should I Visit My Dentist?

By Dental Wellness of Lexington
July 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Teeth CleaningPreventative dental care is an often-overlooked aspect of your oral health. Though many people do not visit their dentist until they believe something is wrong, routine appointments for examinations and cleanings can keep your teeth healthy and free from tooth decay and gum disease and, in some cases, even stop these conditions in their tracks. Find out more about preventative dental care and how often you should visit your dentist with Dr. Anthony Feck, Dr. Maxie Combs, and Dr. Carol Wilson at Dental Wellness of Lexington in Lexington, KY.

How often should I visit my dentist? 
According to the American Dental Association, you should see your dentist at least twice a year. At these appointments, your dentist will perform a routine dental examination and a hygienist will perform a professional dental cleaning. These regular visits will include a physical examination of the head, neck, jaw, teeth, and oral tissues and, if necessary, include x-rays of the teeth and jaw to search for hidden decay or other issues which may compromise your healthy teeth. During your cleaning, your hygienist will use specialized tools to remove any traces of bacteria, plaque, or tartar from the teeth to stop decay in its tracks and give you a clean slate to keep free from these elements at home.

Why is preventative dental care important? 
Preventative dental care ensures that your dentist finds and treats issues like the early stages of teeth decay early before they become advanced and require more complex procedures. In these early stages, your dentist can repair a decayed tooth using a simple dental filling, a process which does not involve the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and nerves. However, advanced decay requires a root canal, a procedure which cleans the contents out of the tooth and replaces it with composite resin material and often requiring a dental crown. Additionally, regular check-ups ensure that your mouth remains free from gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.

Routine Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Lexington, KY
Keeping up with your dental examinations and cleanings is a crucial part of your long-term oral health routine. For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Anthony Feck, Dr. Maxie Combs, and Dr. Carol Wilson at Dental Wellness of Lexington in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 223-4644 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!