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Is It Time to Visit the Dentist?

Your dental cleaning pops up on the calendar, but you’re so busy! Is it time to visit the dentist again? What if you put it off another 6 months, just this once? If you’re tempted to skip, we hear you! But here’s why regular visits are so important.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

You probably know that dental care is important. That’s why you brush and floss regularly! But are regular visits to the dentist really needed, too? Is it time to visit the dentist already?

Brushing and flossing daily is important to help keep your teeth clean and free from food debris, plaque, and bacteria, but even the best at-home dental care routine can still miss some spots between the teeth, along the gumline, or around back molars.

Allowing these trouble spots to go unaddressed for too long can result in cavities or gum disease developing, so it’s important to catch them early. That’s why dental exams and professional dental cleanings are so important to keep your teeth healthy.

Dental Exams

When you visit the dentist for a routine visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums. This is to check for things like plaque build-up or soft spots in your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth). They’ll also measure your gums to check for signs of inflammation which can be an early indication of gum disease.

Dental Cleanings

When you visit the dentist, you should also get a dental cleaning done. During a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will use special tools to scrape off tartar build-up and stains that a toothbrush alone can’t remove. They will also clean along your gum line to help ensure that your gums stay healthy. Then at the end of your cleaning, the dental hygienist will polish your teeth with a special tooth polish to brighten your smile.

Get on that Dental Visit!

Is it time to visit the dentist again? Make it a priority! You won’t regret it. Your smile is important, and it’s always worth the effort to put your health first so you can keep your smile feeling and looking its healthiest and best.

Call our Anchorage Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

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