Dental Cleanings & Exams in Westport
Your dentist in Westport recommends patients of all ages undergo a dental cleaning and exam at least every six months. This preventive measure is crucial for preventing cavities and gum disease -- the leading causes of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35. What does your dentist look for during this regular examination? And what exactly does a dental cleaning entail? Let’s take a closer look at these and other important questions related to your preventive dental care.
What Happens During Your Six Month Dental Checkup
The goal of your regular dental checkup is to look for potential problems, and to catch them early, while the most conservative treatment is still possible. Dr. Kogan performs a visual inspection of your mouth and any x-rays we’ve taken. Undergoing an examination every six months is an excellent way to ensure issues like cavities and gum disease are handled as early as possible -- potentially saving you time, money and discomfort in the long run. Here’s what Dr. Kogan is looking out for during your regular checkup:
- Signs of gum disease, including red, swollen, tender gums, receding gums and any other irregularities
- Wear on any existing dental work (crowns, bridges and fillings)
- Oral Pathology (cancer screening)
What a Dental Cleaning Includes
Before Dr. Kogan performs the dental checkup, a member of our team of dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. This is the portion of your biannual visit that leaves you with that clean mouth feeling we all love after a trip to the dentist.
During the dental cleaning, we’ll remove the plaque and tartar that have had the chance to build up since your last visit to the dentist. Plaque is the slimy substance that’s constantly forming on your teeth throughout the day -- or what you remove when you brush and floss at night and in the morning. When it’s not thoroughly cleaned off, plaque quickly turns to tartar, the yellow, sticky substance that can only be removed by a professional.
Plaque and tartar buildup are known causes of gum disease, which is also the leading contributor to tooth loss in adults over the age of 35. For good dental and oral health, it’s crucial that you have plaque and tartar buildup removed regularly with a checkup and cleaning at least every six months.
If It’s Been Awhile Since Your Last Visit to the Dentist
Sometimes, adults avoid visiting the dentist simply because it’s been a long time since their last checkup and cleaning. We want you to know that a good dental team will never judge or shame you for falling behind on your preventive care -- and The Dental Center of Westport certainly won’t either. If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup and cleaning, or if you can’t remember the last time you had your teeth professionally attended to, please don’t wait another day. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning in our Westport office!