Proper oral hygiene is important for patients of all ages. Routine dental care is precisely spaced to ensure optimal dental health. At Radiant Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer teeth cleanings for patients of all ages in Pineville and the greater Charlotte area.
Dental care is a group effort between the patient and the dental team. As the patient, you are responsible for taking care of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity at home. This includes following good oral health habits, limiting your intake of sugar, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, that alone is not enough. Routine dental appointments are necessary to assess the health of your mouth and to address potential issues.
Your dental team sees you regularly to protect your oral health. These examinations and cleanings maintain the integrity of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity.
In most cases, regular exams are scheduled every 6 months. Patients with certain conditions may need to be seen more regularly. Dental appointments are precisely spaced for prompt assessment and treatment. In the 6 months between visits, there is little time for bacteria and plaque to accumulate and cause problems. Any problems that do arise are generally small and easily addressed.
During routine appointments, you can expect to have your teeth professionally cleaned and polished. Your dental hygienist uses special tools to remove tartar from the teeth. This removes plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas that you may not have been cleaning well at home. X-rays may be performed as necessary. This allows the dentist to assess the underlying structures of the mouth. X-rays show potential problems that are not visible to the eye.
Visiting your dentist twice a year is not enough to maintain your oral health. You must follow good dental habits at home, too! This maintains your oral and overall wellness. The health of your mouth impacts your body. Good or bad, your mouth is the portal to the rest of your body.
The following habits can help protect your oral health: