Your dentist or hygienist will perform recare maintenance. This involves removing tarter that develops in areas difficult to reach with routine daily brushing and flossing. Various instruments are used to perform tooth scaling, tooth polishing and debridement (removal of large deposits of plaque and calculus that have accumulated above and below the gum line). These procedures remove hard and soft deposits, which helps prevent gum disease and cavities from occurring.
Daily brushing and flossing combined with dental visits at least every 6 months help prevent unscheduled visits to the dentist. A healthy diet is another key in maintaining oral health.
Radiographs (x-rays) are another procedure performed during a recare visit. They aid in the diagnosis of many dental conditions including decay, periodontal disease, cysts, abscesses, tumors, impacted wisdom teeth, TMJ discomfort, to name a few.
Why regular dental maintenance is important:
- Help prevent gum disease
- Help prevent dental decay
- Detect any dental problems at an early stage
- Oral cancer detection check up
- Help prevent bad breath
- Help maintain a healthy and bright smile
- Help maintain good physical health