From the moment a child’s first tooth pops through their gums all the way through adulthood, the routine care and cleaning of our teeth are critical in maintaining proper oral health. Keeping your teeth clean isn’t only going to ensure that you have a nice pearly white smile through life, but it can also prevent other diseases and complications as you age.
Two of the most essential parts of dental care include routine cleanings with a hygienist and checkups with your dentist. These are typically done at the same time and are part of your bi-annual dentist appointment. These appointments are two of the most important and most simple procedures you can have done for your overall oral health.
When you visit the dentist every six months, you’ll get your teeth cleaned by one of our dental hygienists which will remove any plaque buildup and tartar that might be on your teeth. Removing this can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. After that, they’ll typically follow up with flossing and examination of your smile and teeth for any signs of damage and disease.
After your cleaning and examination, you may have dental x-rays taken which are important in identifying any underlying decay or damage to your teeth and supporting structures that aren’t visible during the visual examination. X-rays will also allow the dentist to track the movement and growth of teeth in children and teenagers and to help determine if issues like overcrowding may become a problem. This is also how a dentist can monitor the formation and growth of third molars (wisdom teeth) to determine if they need to be extracted to prevent further complications.
To maintain proper oral health, it’s crucial that you schedule regular 6-month cleanings and checkups with your local dentist. To schedule a routine cleaning and dental checkup with a dentist in Carlisle, PA call us at 717.243.9020. Our dentist, Dr. William Noll, and his team help local patients stay on the path to good oral health in the Carlisle, Boiling Springs, and Newville Area!