Brushing and flossing consistently is important, but so is visiting your dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning! So, if you reside in the Boca Raton area and it’s been more than six months since your last appointment, don’t wait – use this as a reminder to schedule it. Of course, if you have a question about your oral health or simply want to learn more about what to expect at your next visit, you’re more than welcome to give our team a callI or read on.
It’s common for patients to wait until they’re in pain to schedule an appointment. However, you need to visit us every six months for a checkup and cleaning – even if you brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash consistently. That’s because there are some things you can’t do at home, such as conduct a thorough oral cancer screening or remove caked-on tartar. Plus, these periodic visits to our office allow us to catch damaged restorations, cavities, gum disease, and the like early on, before they result in a painful dental emergency.
If it’s been more than a year since you’ve had X-rays taken or you’re a new patient, then your dental checkup will begin here. Otherwise, we’ll start with the visual exam. One of our highly trained and caring Boca Raton dentists will carefully examine the condition of your teeth, gums, and bite. They will also feel your lymph nodes, look at the soft tissue in your mouth, and check the back of your throat for warning signs of oral cancer. Then, they will review their findings with you and answer any questions you have!
The cleaning portion of your visit, on the other hand, is dedicated to thoroughly cleaning your teeth, gums, and the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. To do so, one of our talented dental hygienists will use special tools to meticulously and carefully remove plaque, tartar, and other debris. If they notice anything, like gum inflammation around a certain tooth, they will let you know so you can give special attention to that area while completing your oral hygiene regimen. Otherwise, they will end your appointment by simply flossing and polishing your teeth!