You have probably heard that you should visit the dentist every six months, and that is a good idea, but it isn’t a hard and fast rule. The truth of the matter is that depending on your oral health, your dentist may want to see you on a more frequent basis. Otherwise, six months is a great guideline for planning your routine dental appointments.
When you visit one of our dentists, Dr. Higham or Dr. Sauchelli, the first person you see will be the hygienist who will clean your teeth. This process involves removing the plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth and that you could not remove by brushing at home. Then the hygienist may floss and polish your teeth. Afterward the hygienist may take X-rays to see how your teeth have changed since your last visit, or if there are any problems developing in your jaw or dentition. This will be followed by a thorough exam by your dentist, who will look for any issue with your mouth and teeth. When the exam is done, the dentist will talk with you about any problems detected, and make treatment recommendations. The dentist may also talk with you about ways that you can improve your oral hygiene routine at home. Other than your bi-annual visits, you should make an appointment to see our dentist any time that you notice a change in the color, texture, or odor of your teeth and mouth. If you notice a bad taste, or if you detect bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating, you should definitely make an appointment to see the dentist.
In between dental visits, make sure that you brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day and floss once a day. If it has been a while since you have been in to see the dentist, or if it is just time for your routine appointment, we would love to see you at Dr. Higham & Dr. Sauchelli, call 561-746-8095 today.