While about 95% of your dental hygiene can be taken care of in your own home, the other 5% requires the assistance of a dentist. This might not seem like much, but the services and care provided by your Bergenfield dentist are equally as important to your oral health as good habits at home.
If you have good overall dental health, you can see a dentist regularly (twice a year) for a visit that includes two parts:
- The cleaning: You can remove plaque (a build-up of bacteria) from your teeth at home with brushing and flossing, but it requires a procedure called “scaling” to remove tartar (hardened plaque). A cleaning will also include polishing of your teeth and flossing.
- The check-up: Your dentist will look for plaque and tartar, check the status of your gums, and usually take x-rays to see if there are hidden problems in your teeth. This will help prevent future problems from occurring while finding existing problems early to help you get proper treatment.
Keeping a bi-annual schedule of visits with your dentist will keep your teeth in their optimal health. It also allows you to build a relationship with your dentist and the dental staff. Having a dentist who is familiar with your mouth and your dental history is much more efficient and comforting than seeing a different dentist each time. Your dentist will be able to track changes or problems with your teeth, gums, and mouth and alert you to them before more damage is done.
To schedule a check-up with an experienced Bergenfield dentist, call Oradell Family Dentistry at (201) 384-9292 today.