The Importance of Regular Visits

By Phil Hart, DDS
February 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

It is all-too-widely believed that you should only see your dentist when you have a toothache. However, this is simplydental visits a myth. Seeing your dentist regularly is just as important as brushing or flossing your teeth. Dr. Phil Hart, DDS and his team in Bartlett, TN can help you understand the why you should schedule regular visits and how you can keep your teeth healthy between visits.

The Importance of Regular Visits
Scheduling regular examinations and cleanings help your Bartlett dentist find and treat conditions as they appear rather than after they have advanced. Finding a cavity early requires a simple dental filling, a 30-minute, relatively simple procedure. However, if the cavity is left untreated, the decay reaches further into the tooth to its pulp and root. This causes pain, temperature sensitivity and even tooth abscesses. Instead of a simple filling, root canal therapy or even extraction is necessary. Since dental conditions might advance quickly, it is much easier for all parties to find them early.

How often should I visit the dentist? 
Every mouth is different. Many people get away with seeing their dentist twice a year. However, people who are more at-risk for certain conditions like tooth decay, oral cancer or gum disease should see their dentist more often. Depending on your situation, you may benefit from seeing your dentist every 3 months. Your dentist can work with you to create the best treatment plan for your teeth.

How do I maintain my smile between dental visits? 
You, like most other people, probably brush your teeth every day. But, are you doing it correctly? Brush for at least 2 minutes, or about the length of time it takes for a song on the radio to start and finish. Be sure to brush all the oral tissues, including your cheeks, gums and tongue. Floss at least once a day, being sure to use a new strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth. Floss the fronts, backs and sides of the teeth. This removes bacteria and plaque before they harden into tooth decay. If you use mouthwash, be sure not to rinse your mouth with water afterward. This allows the mouthwash to work for the maximum amount of time.

For more information on dental examinations or to schedule your examination and cleaning, please contact Dr. Phil Hart, DDS in Bartlett, TN. Call (901) 386-9299 to schedule your appointment today!