As the end of the year approaches, it's time to start thinking about getting 2020 off to a healthy start—and that includes taking care of your teeth. If you haven’t already done so, you should schedule your first dentist appointment of 2020 now to get a thorough exam and cleaning.
What Can You Expect From a Dentist Appointment?
A typical general dentistry visit has two parts: the exam and the cleaning, also called oral prophylaxis.
During the exam, your dentist will examine your teeth and mouth for any signs of tooth decay or disease. The cleaning is also essential because even though you may diligently brush and floss every day, plaque can still build up on your teeth and cause tartar—a hard substance that can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Why Do You Need to Go?
Although research from the American Dental Association indicates that more people want to go to the dentist, the ADA also notes that many people don't go because they don't think they need to. However, even when you practice good oral hygiene between dental visits, professional examinations and cleanings are essential. In fact, seeing your doctor for a general wellness exam now can prevent the need for more appointments in the future.
In addition to preventing tartar buildup, seeing the dentist for an exam and cleaning twice a year also provides them with an idea of your oral health. This makes it easier for them to identify problems in the future.
If you’re due for a dentist appointment, John D. Mainwaring, DDS and his team are booking appointments into the new year at their Orange, CT, practice. Their team works together to make the dental care process fun and enjoyable for all ages, eliminating the stress from exams and cleanings. Learn more about this practice on their website, or call (203) 799-6625 to schedule an appointment.