Regular dental checkups and cleanings are an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth. For the typical patient, this means having an exam and cleaning completed every 6 months. Exams consist of the dentist checking your teeth, gums, and other soft tissue of your mouth, as well as your head and neck. A thorough exam can help maintain your health by identifying any issues at the earliest possible stage.
X-rays of your teeth are needed on a regular basis to make sure that decay is not forming between in areas the dentist cannot see, like the areas where adjacent teeth touch. They also help the dental team see the bone around the teeth to ensure that all the supporting tissues of your teeth in good shape! Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and may be used when it will not interfere with acquisition of the dental radiograph. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible
Most patients require cleanings every 6 months. This is often enough to serve as an adjunct for your home oral care! However, some people can benefit from more frequent cleanings. If it has been a number of years since your last dental cleaning, your dentist and hygienist may recommend a deep cleaning and more frequent maintenance cleanings to get your gums back to a healthy condition.
If you need a dental cleaning or have any questions, feel free to contact us today at (719) 473-5122.