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Oral Health Maintenance
Most children and adults should get a dental cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental checkups more frequently than twice a year. Regular dental checkups help keep your gums and teeth healthy. They also allow us to detect any problems – such as gum disease, mouth/oral cancer and cavities – at an earlier and often more easily treatable stage.
It is recommended that children as young as one year old should have their teeth examined. The first dental cleaning is suggested around age two.
Regular dental checkups and cleanings, combined with proper, daily at-home oral hygiene are important in adequate oral health maintenance.
A healthy mouth not only looks great, but it feels great. The lifelong maintenance of a beautiful, healthy smile requires commitment, effective at-home routines, and regular visits to the dentist office. At Madison Smile Solutions, we will use these opportunities to check your current dental health and provide a thorough cleaning.
Both children and adults need to have a professional cleaning and checkup every six months to help keep their gums and teeth nice and healthy. Just by coming in and seeing us twice a year, you can significantly reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
What happens at your checkup?
At your checkup, we will look for any serious problems, like gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. We will also take this time to re-examine any cosmetic procedures you’ve received to make sure everything still looks great and is functioning properly.
This appointment will also include a professional cleaning, which will remove plaque, tartar and most stains. Our goal here is top catch all those areas that are really heard to reach with brushing and flossing alone.
We may recommend different levels of cleaning, depending on your situation. If you’ve been sticking to your oral health maintenance routines, a standard cleaning is all you need. On the other hand, if it’s been a while since your last checkup (more than a year), we may recommend a full-mouth debridement to remove some heavier tartar buildup.
Once each and every tooth has been cleaned, we will polish them and apply fluoride.
At-home and preventative maintenance
Prevention is the best way to maintain your oral health, protecting it from tooth decay and gum disease. Maintaining your oral health is all about prevention, which means your at-home routines are just as important as your regular checkups.
At Madison Smile Solutions, we will work with you to make sure your flossing, brushing, and rinsing techniques are effective in combating decay and disease. We can even discuss which foods and drinks may be causing stains, and talk about the options you have to keep your smile nice and bright. We may even recommend mouth guards for people who grind their teeth at night or enjoy activities that could potentially lead to dental trauma.
Prevention is the most effective way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your regular checkups and at-home maintenance can prevent major issues before they occur. The earlier we detect a problem, the easier it will be to treat it.
Don’t wait to set up your next appointment. Contact us today and make sure you are fully maintaining your oral health.