As moms, we’re always juggling a thousand things at once. So, it’s no surprise when scheduling routine medical appointments for the whole family falls on us. But, why is it so important to remember to schedule preventative, routine dental appointments?
These visits typically happen twice a year. During each visit, your dentist and hygienist will talk with you about any problems, concerns, or questions you may have. Great preventative care leads to fewer cavities and oral health issues, which means less of a chance you’ll need to have dental procedures.
We spoke to Dental365 Stamford, which is now open in Stamford Downtown, about why healthy teeth and gums are such an important part of your health and why these appointments are crucial in maintaining good overall health.
What is involved in a routine dental exam at Dental365?
- Professional teeth cleaning – A hygienist will clean along and below your gum line to remove plaque and tartar. This can help reduce your chances of having cavities, gum disease, and other issues. Your teeth will also be flossed and polished.
- Thorough exam – Your dentist will check your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of problems.
- X-rays – X-rays are usually taken once a year to diagnose problems such as impacted teeth, abscesses, or decay between the teeth.
- Other – You hygienist may recommend dental sealants for children to help protect areas that are difficult to brush well.
What do routine dental exams accomplish?
Regular preventative dental care can help prevent problems. If any problems do arise, these visits allow you to get treatment before the issue gets worse. They help patients not only avoid cavities and periodontal disease, but also lower your risk for serious oral health problems.
Even some non-oral health issues could be associated with poor oral health, such as diabetes, heart disease and pneumonia, all of which have been linked to gum disease. In addition to checking for early signs of gum disease, your regular appointments allow the team of dentists at Dental365 to catch other conditions before they become more serious and more costly to treat.
When is a good time to schedule a routine dental exam?
For children and teens, it’s always a good idea to schedule your regular visit to the dentist before the start of a new school year. That way, it’s around the same time as other medical appointments and is easy to remember.
The beginning of the new year, in January is another good time. This allows you to start the year off fresh and healthy!
Ultimately, scheduling these appointments at a time that’s convenient for you is most important. And, if you are a patient at Dental365, you can choose to receive a text or email when an opening becomes available for an exam and cleaning if you’re overdue, which can be a nice reminder when we are all so busy going about our normal lives!
If I brush and floss, do I still need to go to the dentist regularly?
Yes. But, by implementing a consistent brushing and flossing routine, you can help keep your teeth clean, strong, and healthy to avoid cavities and gum disease and corrective dental procedures in the future. Furthermore, each time you floss your teeth, your gums are stimulated which helps keep them healthy. At your routine exams, dental hygienists can give advice about the proper way to brush and floss in order to get the most out of your oral hygiene.
Dental365’s doctors were trained at the best dental schools and hospitals, and their offices are equipped with the latest technology.
They place a high priority on the patient experience, offering convenient locations, including one in Stamford Downtown at 50 West Park Place. The offices take walk-ins as well as appointments, and they’re open seven days a week with extended business hours on weekdays. To help make you even more relaxed and comfortable, our exam rooms are all equipped with smart TVs with Netflix and Pandora.
If your teeth cleaning reveals the need for additional treatment, you’ll be able to access dental specialists under the same roof, including oral surgeons, orthodontists, and periodontists.