You may have heard the saying “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”, but what keeps the dentist away? To be honest, there isn’t anything you can do to completely stop yourself from having to go the dentist. At Valley Dental, along with the ADA, we recommend that individuals, especially children, see their hygienist every 6 months.
Although apples are a healthy alternative to chocolate or other treats at birthday parties and events, it’s important to have children brush their teeth at least 2 times a day. Our goal is to have children come in for regular check-ups or sealants and not for cavities. Parents should consider professionally-applied sealants as another way to protect children’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, a thin coating of bonding material applied over a tooth; act as a barrier to cavity-causing bacteria. They can be put on as soon as the child’s first permanent molars appear.
What Really Goes on During a Regular Dental Visit
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, Dr. Gavin or Dr. Pendleton will likely evaluate the health of your gums and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Your dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits. Many dentists will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.