Preventive care is a foundation of good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly – usually about twice yearly – for a full cleaning, examination, and consultation for potential treatment. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque that cannot be removed with conventional brushing and flossing.
Your dentists and dental hygienist can identify potential problems that you may not yet able to see or feel. When you maintain regular preventive dental appointments, you can stave off decay and gum disease, as well as identify the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe. Be sure to specify that you want both an exam and a cleaning when scheduling.