The American Dental Association recommends that everyone visit a dentist every six months for a thorough examination and professional cleaning. At Dental Dimensions, we also encourage an examination and cleaning every six months for most of our patients.
Examinations and cleanings are the cornerstones of your dental care program. They allow us to see how your at-home dental care routine is going, discuss what’s going well and where your routine needs improvement, and look for any potential problems.
Dr. Olvera will start your examination by reviewing any concerns you may have. He will then perform an oral cancer screening and then chart and evaluate any existing dental work. Dr. Olvera will also evaluate your gums for signs of gum disease. If your x-rays need to be updated, then x-rays will be a part of your examination.
These examinations are crucial for catching problems when they are small and easily treatable. Allowing too much time to pass between examinations can provide tiny cavities the opportunity to develop into larger cavities. Decay can set in, and gum disease can progress unchecked. Often, these problems go undetected because in their early stages, they are completely painless. If you wait to see a dentist until you are in pain, it may be too late to save the tooth.
Many patients wonder why they need professional dental cleanings when they brushing and flossing their teeth regularly. Your toothbrush and floss simply cannot provide the same level of cleaning as a well-trained hygienist using professional instruments.
Even with excellent brushing and flossing habits, you are likely to miss areas, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up on your teeth. This is especially true if your teeth are crowded. Over time, this plaque will harden into tartar, which can cause cavities and gum disease. When tartar is allowed to linger beneath the gumline, the result is periodontal disease. Once tartar has formed on your teeth, it can only be removed with professional instruments.
Professional dental cleanings give you a fresh start. Our skilled hygienist performs gentle-yet-thorough cleanings, removing all traces of tartar buildup. Twice yearly cleanings allow for minimal tartar to build up on your teeth. If you are prone to tartar buildup or you have active gum disease, you may require more frequent cleanings, and we will discuss this with you at your appointment.
Your cleanings are also the perfect time to discuss your home dental care routine and look for ways to improve. We are always happy to discuss proven brushing and flossing techniques with you to improve your home care.
Please call us today to schedule your cleaning and examination with Dr. Olvera at Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg, Florida.