How often do I really need to see the dentist?
Routine examinations and cleanings, along with a quality home-care routine, are key to preventive dental care, the foundation of our practice.
We recommend visiting our office at least every six months so that we can diagnose and treat any issues while they are small. However, certain gum conditions, including periodontitis, require that we see you more often, usually every three to four months.
Why so frequently?
Large dental problems often start out as small problems – a tiny surface cavity or minor gingivitis. By catching these problems when they are just starting out, we can treat them using simple, conservative measures and prevent them from developing further, which can create serious and painful conditions. We’d much rather repair a tooth with a small filling than have to perform a root canal or even extract the tooth.
Cleanings are just as important as examinations. Visiting our office for a cleaning with your hygienist is like getting a fresh start each time. It’s easy to miss small areas of plaque with even excellent brushing habits, and over time, these areas of plaque calcify into deposits of tartar, which can only be removed with professional instruments. If these deposits are left on the teeth, the results may be cavities and gum disease.
Call our office today to schedule a cleaning with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
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