So the end of spring is only a month away. Have you gotten after that spring cleaning yet? Sorted through the boxes in the attic? Dug the leaves out of the gutters?
Even if real spring cleaning isn’t going so well, dental spring cleaning is an easy fix. Like houses and apartments, your teeth need regular maintenance to stay clean. Brushing and flossing might be compared to wiping the table down after dinner or putting the dishes away—they’re something to be done every day. The dental equivalent to a spring cleaning, however, would be a trip to the dentist’s office.
Bi-annual dental cleanings are an essential component of good dental hygiene. Dental checkups consist of four important parts:
- Cleaning – At the beginning of your appointment, a dental hygienist will scrape away hardened plaque on your teeth with a series of metal hand instruments. The finely tipped instruments can knock away plaque deposits in hard-to-reach places such as between molars and along the gum line.
- Polishing – After cleaning, teeth are polished with a gritty paste to remove any further plaque or stains. The paste is applied by a hand-held polishing instrument with a rubber rotating end.
- Fluoride – Often dentists also apply fluoride to tooth surfaces. Fluoride helps strengthen teeth against future contact with bacteria and acids.
- Preventative Measures – One of the most important aspects of a dental check-up is giving the dentist a chance to look at your mouth and evaluate your oral health. Dentists are trained to detect more than just cavities and signs of tooth decay—every dental appointment also includes an oral cancer screening. Moreover, dentists will give you tips on how to take care of your teeth at home and let you know if any particular aspect of your brushing routine needs special attention.
So before you start scrubbing the grout on the kitchen counter, you should maybe take care of your other spring cleaning—your dental spring cleaning. After all, you’ve put off cleaning the house this long already. What’s one or two more days going to hurt?
If you’re concerned about your dental health and looking to set up bi-annual dental check-ups contact Greenspoint Dental today.