Semi-annual cleanings are a must to know the state of your oral health. If you are in the Enfield, CT, area, visit Dr. Theodore Pappas at Pappas Family Dentistry.
Why are bi-yearly cleanings necessary?
Catch dental decay early
Bi-yearly cleanings are the first step in cavity prevention. Getting an exam will help your dentist pinpoint which teeth, if any, are showing very early signs of decay or damage. Waiting until you have a toothache to see the dentist may be too late.
Prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease
After examining your teeth and gums, your dentist will thoroughly remove any plaque buildup between your teeth. This step is vital because it prevents concerns like periodontal disease and infection in the gums.
Keep up good habits
Having your dentist clean your teeth in this way allows you to have sound oral health at home. Brushing and flossing twice a day, avoiding tobacco and sticky foods in-between visits are healthy habits that help maintain a great smile.
Oral cancer screening
Sores, red and inflamed areas, and difficulty swallowing should be things you report to your dentist if they have not responded to treatment. Your dentist will be able to suggest which course of action to take if there is anything serious.
Fluoride is effective
During your cleaning, your specialist will polish your teeth and administer fluoride treatment, if needed. This treatment is to help your teeth remain intact, and is more effective than the fluoride available in regular toothpaste.
Communicating with your dentist about your oral health is critical. Your dentist can give you the best advice on maintaining stainless, bright teeth, as well as listen to your concerns about oral care.
Contact Dr. Pappas at Pappas Family Dentistry in Enfield, CT at (860) 745-0662 to schedule an appointment for a bi-yearly exam and cleaning.