Why do regular visits with your Charleston dentist matter?
A healthy mouth doesn’t just happen. It requires patients to be diligent about brushing and flossing, regular visits to the dentist, and limiting food and beverages that can be harmful to your teeth. Many patients understand that at-home care is important. However, they may find themselves wondering if those twice a year visits to the dentist are necessary.
Dr. Andrew Greenberg, of Mouth Carolina Dentistry in Charleston, SC, assures patients that regular checkups are vital to a happy and healthy smile. These visits are important for several reasons. First, during a check-up, you will receive a professional cleaning by one of the friendly and caring hygienists. While you may never miss a chance to brush your teeth at home, there are areas of the teeth and between teeth that simply cannot be reached, except by a hygienist using professional tools. This cleaning ensures that your teeth are clean and free from plaque and tartar.
The dental hygienist will also talk to you about your at-home care. If you have any questions about whether your technique is right, or which brand or style of toothpaste or toothbrush to use, this is a great time to ask.
Next, the visit is important because it gives Dr. Greenberg a chance to meet with you and examine your mouth. By building a relationship with the doctor, it allows him to understand your oral and medical health history and any changes that are occurring. It will also help you to feel more comfortable if you have a future dental issue. Dr. Greenberg can examine your mouth to make sure that the teeth and gums are healthy and perform an oral cancer screening. Often, dental issues, such as a cavity or the early stages of gum disease can be spotted by a dentist before you even notice them. This allows faster and easier treatment.
Most of the time, dentists recommend visiting for a cleaning and checkup twice each year. However, patients who have certain conditions, such as gum disease, frequent cavities, or a weak immune system, may find that frequent visits are necessary. Dr. Greenberg will talk with you about the optimal schedule for your individual case.Back to Dental Library Page