Brushing and flossing are essential for your oral health. But regular checkups and cleanings are just as important! By combining good habits at home with professional care, you’ll prevent cavities, bad breath, gum disease, tooth loss and more. Not to mention that you’ll keep your smile looking its best. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist in Woodstock or you’d simply like to be proactive about your oral health, contact us today. Dr. Patel and our team provide gentle, high-quality care that will help your smile look and feel fantastic!
Dr. Patel’s goal is to thoroughly evaluate your oral health every 6 months to make sure that any problems are found early on. Here’s what you can expect during a typical checkup:
Good brushing and flossing certainly reduce the amount of plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth. But, unfortunately, it can’t remove all of it. And the longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more likely you are to develop cavities, gum disease, and other problems.
That’s where dental cleanings come in! First, we’ll ask if you have any concerns or questions beforehand. Then our friendly, experienced hygienist will use special hand instruments or an ultrasonic cleaner to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Then we’ll polish and floss and give you personalized tips to improve your brushing and flossing at home.
Patients who don’t have gum disease typically only need to come in every 6 months. Patients who do have gum disease usually need to come in every 3 to 4 months. In those cases, more frequent cleanings allow us to better maintain your gum health, which lowers your risk of tooth loss and the many other issues associated with gum disease.
When it comes to your oral health, prevention is the name of the game. By coming in regularly for checkups and cleanings, our team will find problems in their earliest stages, when your treatment is easier and less expensive. If you wait until you’re in pain, more damage is done and you’re likely to need more extensive dental work. For example, a small cavity that you can’t feel yet can be found with annual X-rays and treated with a simple filling rather than a root canal or crown.