If you want the healthiest teeth and gums possible, see your dentist at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock. How often should you visit? Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis praise the routine semi-annual check-up and hygienic cleaning but know some people need a more individualized approach. What schedule is best for you?
"A stitch in time saves nine"
You know this old adage, don't you? Your grandmother may have said in when she wanted you to sew up a small fabric tear or reinforce a loose button on your coat. She knew being proactive wards off bigger problems.
Preventive dentistry follows the same sensible philosophy. Keep your teeth and gums clean, and watch for problems before they get out of control. That means brush twice a day with a quality fluoride toothpaste and soft toothbrush. Flossing daily, with the product which works best for you, removes germ-filled plaque from interdental spaces and at the gum line.
However, brushing and flossing can't do everything your mouth requires for best health and oral function. That's where Hill-Davis Dental Group comes in.
The routine dental visit
It's really not so routine, because your dental hygienist performs a valuable service--the hygienic cleaning. Using small, handheld tools and ultrasonic cleaners, she removes the plaque and tartar that hide from your toothbrush and floss at home. Also, she polishes your teeth to a smooth finish, leaving you with an outstanding, fresh feeling.
In addition, your hygienist notes your periodontal health, measuring gum pockets, or the spaces between the soft tissues and tooth surfaces. She takes X-rays as needed, updates your medical history, teaches better ways to brush and floss and tells the dentist about any areas of concern found on exam.
When your Lubbock dentist performs your check-up, he or she looks for several things:
- Gum disease
- Problems with dental bite and jaw joint function
- Signs of teeth clenching and grinding
- Signs of oral cancer
- Status of fillings, veneers, crowns, and other restorations
Plus, Dr. Hill or Dr. Davis will outline a care plan to continue preventive services and to restore and beautify your teeth and gums.
So, how often?
Most children, teens and adults do well with twice yearly visits. However, some people need to see the dentist more frequently, if they have:
- Periodontal disease (which can't really be cured, but can be managed and limited)
- Decay-prone teeth
- Multiple restorations
- A tobacco habit (A high risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer)
Also, pregnant women should see the dentist each trimester because of their increased susceptibility for periodontitis and benign, but bothersome, pregnancy cysts.
Finally, if a sudden problem occurs, call Hill-Davis Dental Group. The dedicated staff will get you the help you need right away.
How about you?
Never postpone preventive dental care. Ask Dr. Hill or Dr. Davis when you should come in for your routine visits. Call today for an appointment in Lubbock, TX, at (806) 793-0651.