Why you need regular dental visits
The American Dental Association suggests people make a visit to their dentist every six months. Maintenance is one key to healthy gums and teeth, and two important procedures are done on regular visits: checkup and cleaning.
During checkups, the dental professional checks for cavities, plaque, and tartar. Plaque, if not removed, becomes tartar, which cannot be eliminated through regular flossing or brushing. The gums are checked, too, by measuring the spaces between the teeth and gums. Deeper spaces are usually a sign of more serious diseases.
The cleaning process involves the scaling of the teeth, where the plaque or tartar is removed by hand or an ultrasonic device. The mouth is a good indicator of one’s overall health and a regular checkup is an important part of taking care of oneself.