There are a lot of things that might have been put on pause or postponed recently. As we start to slowly reintegrate some of the regular tasks, routines, and appointments, prioritizing the most important items can be an efficient way to ensure the necessities are being taken care of. Have you taken a look as to where your routine dental check-ups fall on that list? If you’ve skipped a recent visit, here are some important reasons to come in and see us sooner rather than later!

Benefits of Routine Check-Ups

Staying up to date with your regular check-ups help keep your teeth and gums healthy while also preventing future oral issues. Consist check-ups gives your dentist and hygienist the ability to catch potential issues early on, ultimately helping reduce the amount of pain, difficulty, or cost to fix a problem. Routine check-ups are composed of two major parts: the cleaning and the examination.

The Cleaning

You may be thinking, “if I’m brushing and flossing in my day-to-day routine, does having a routine cleaning by a licensed hygienist or dentist necessary to have this frequently?” The answer: Absolutely! Although it is important to brush, floss, and clean your gums on a day-to-day basis, there are a couple of pivotal items during a dentist-office cleaning that helps protect your teeth and gums on a higher level. Removing tartar (also known as calculus, and not the math kind either) can only be achieved with a professional cleaning that uses a series of metal hand tools to clean the teeth above and below the gum line. Along with this cleaning, your teeth are polished to help remove remaining plaque and stains on the tooth surface.

The Examination

During the examination portion of your visit, both dentist and hygienist will check for cavities and gum disease and screen for oral disease and cancers. All of these are checked to look for any signs of trouble. This can include swelling, redness, irritation, and more! The important thing to remember is that a lot of underlying issues can only be detected by a professional dentist, which makes the need for regular check-ups vital for your oral health.

As a reminder, Dr. Drew and Crew is continuing to follow the CDC’s Universal Suggested guidelines and providing a safe environment for patients. Please review the safety measures our clinic has in place and call us if you have any questions or concerns!

We look forward to seeing you for your check-up soon!