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Why You Need a Dental Cleaning & Exam Every 6 Months

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A routine dental checkup is one of the most important things you can do to prevent dental problems and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. It is also one of the simplest things you can do. Advanced Dental Associates makes it easy to schedule your dental cleaning and exam every six months. Just call our Orlando office at (407) 871-3143 or use our online form. We will set you up with a convenient appointment so you can keep smiling with confidence!

You may have wondered why a six-month interval is recommended for your checkups. That is a great question and one that our patients often ask us. Below are the reasons why you should visit our dental office at least twice each year.


Catch Problems Early With Regular Exams

A crucial part of your checkup will involve an examination. We may also recommend digital X-rays for a detailed look at your teeth and bone structure. Before cleaning your teeth, our dental hygienist will check your teeth, gums, and oral cavity, making note of any problem areas that the dentist needs to take a closer look at.

After your cleaning, one of our doctors will give your mouth a complete examination – paying special attention to areas of concern – and make any recommendations needed to keep your smile intact.

Routine exams are crucial in finding hard-to-spot problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, orthodontic issues – problems that you may not catch on your own. Finding these problems early on gives us a better chance to treat them using less invasive methods. That means less time spent in our dental chair and lower costs to maintain a radiant smile.

If you neglect dental visits for an extended period, you put your smile in danger and may require more extensive work to restore it. Regular exams are the starting point in keeping common dental problems like cavities in check.

Some patients may need to visit us more often than every six months. These patients include smokers, diabetics, those with weak immune systems, and ones under treatment for specific problems such as gum disease. Patients in these categories are more at risk for dental problems than other people are.

If needed, we will recommend shorter treatment intervals after your initial visit. Depending on your situation, we may also recommend smile care services such as dental sealants, fluoride treatment, and fluoride varnishes to keep your smile healthy and white in-between checkups.


Enjoy Clean & Healthy Teeth

During your checkup, our hygienist will normally give your teeth a professional cleaning. We will remove plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces and at the gumline. We make sure to pay special attention to areas you may miss at home.

A thorough teeth cleaning is important to rid your teeth and gums of harmful, disease-causing bacteria. If left alone, bacteria becomes plaque that can harden into tartar and potentially cause gum disease. Cleaning and polishing remove this bacteria and improves the overall health of your mouth.

Teeth cleaning also will remove stains that normal brushing and flossing at home can’t handle. If your teeth are badly stained or discolored, teeth whitening may be required to make them sparkle again.

After your cleaning, your mouth will feel fresh and revitalized. There’s nothing quite like leaving the dentist office with smooth, clean teeth!


Protect Your Kids’ Smiles With Routine Dental Care

Establishing healthy, positive oral hygiene habits in children is another reason for regular, six-month checkups. It is much easier to keep kids’ mouths healthy when they start getting good smile care at a young age. Keeping them on a six-month schedule is easier when they are young and helps set them up for a lifetime of good habits that will keep their smile looking good.

Call us at (407) 871-3143 to schedule your routine dental checkup. Take care of your beautiful smile!

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