It’s generally recommended that, in order to maintain good dental health, the average patient should visit the dentist twice a year (every six months). Those with a history of dental issues (such as periodontal disease) or dental work may need to make more frequent visits.
It is important to properly care for your teeth in between visits to the dentist to minimize the potential for dental issues to develop. You should brush twice a day (for at least two minutes every time) and floss daily. The consumption of sugary foods should be limited, as well as particularly hard or crunchy foods to reduce the chances of damaging the teeth or enamel.
If you have a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth or loose filling, it’s important to act quickly to address it in order to save the tooth. First, contact our office. We may have appointment times open to allow you to receive treatment as soon as possible. Even if it is outside office hours, give us a call. You could be rerouted to an alternate location to get the treatment you need.
A cracked or broken tooth may cause discomfort or pain, but isn’t necessarily urgent if you’re not able to see a doctor immediately. A cold compress can help with the pain, as well as over-the-counter medications.
A tooth that has been knocked out, on the other hand, will require more immediate attention. If possible, recover the tooth – handling it only by the crown, never the root – and gently rinse it off with water. Keep it in a container of milk or your saliva until you can get it to the dentist.
A standard dental cleaning appointment generally consists of two parts, an exam, and the cleaning itself. During the exam, the health of your teeth and gums will be checked. An oral cancer screening may be performed, and x-rays can be taken. The teeth are then cleaned of tartar buildup.