The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup and cleaning. But why? The simple answer is that these appointments are critical for your oral health. But that doesn’t mean that they need to be a chore. Our staff members do our best to make you feel welcome, comfortable, and fully informed about your oral health and options so that you can make the right decision for you.
At your checkup, Dr. Michalski will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. He will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as check on the condition of old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. We will be happy to replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives. This time with Dr. Michalski is also a great time to bring up any questionsor concerns you may have about your oral health or potential dental treatment.
By looking for trouble every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A decayed or cracked tooth can eventually cause severe pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, oral conditions can have serious consequences. Advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled and overcome, with more of your natural teeth intact.
After Dr. Michalski has performed the dental checkup, one of our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth using professional tools. They will remove plaque and tartar that has built up over time. Then, they will polish your teeth and get rid of surface stains, giving you a brilliantly clean, beautiful smile that can take you into the next six months.
By coming in for your dental cleaning twice every year, you can help prevent future oral health problems from developing in the first place. For example, the hygienist addresses hardened plaque that you may have missed during your oral hygiene at home. This preventive measure ensures that the bacteria in plaque don’t have a chance to harm your teeth and gums. Plus, you get to enjoy the feeling of a fresh, clean mouth!
If you have not scheduled a checkup lately, be sure to contact our Rocky Hill, CT office now to make your appointment! Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups.