Practicing good dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth enable you to look good, feel good, and eat and speak properly. During these appointments, we will remove plaque and tartar to prevent decay and gum disease, and address any other concerns you have.
Also known as a six-month cleaning or prophylaxis, dental hygiene appointments are an opportunity for healthy dental patients to make sure they stay that way. These appointments are essential to long-lasting oral health and a clean, sparkling smile.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Your mouth is a window to the rest of your body, so it’s imperative that it’s kept in great condition. The best way to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible is by visiting the office at least twice a year for a dental hygiene appointment. The frequency of visits each year may be dependent upon the patient’s individual dental needs.
During these appointments, a member of Dr. Angart’s team will remove plaque and tartar to prevent decay and gum disease, and wash away any bacteria that may initiate or worsen existing decay. During the cleaning, we’ll examine your gums for signs of recession and pockets, which can both indicate signs of infection and loss of support for your teeth.
Beyond the traditional cleaning, we’ll also look at your latest X-rays. During your dental hygiene visit, the doctor and dental hygienist will initiate a thorough exam inside and outside of your mouth. This is a very important part of your dental visit and oral cancer evaluation. We’ll also keep an eye out for lumps around the mouth and throat down to your jawline to ensure nothing has changed since your last visit, and conduct an oral cancer screening to make sure you’re not at risk.
Once the exam is complete, Dr. Angart will work with you to create a hygiene maintenance program based on the results of your exam. There may be certain areas where you should be paying close attention while brushing or something that you should monitor closely for any changes. These plans are especially important for patients who are at greater risk for gum/periodontal disease or infection or have a systemic health condition like diabetes. By coming in for your routine hygiene appointments as recommended, we can start to build your dental health history. This will make it easier to establish and track your overall dental health and identify early signs of health risk.