One of the most important steps you can take to ensure that you enjoy good oral health for many years to come is to visit your dentist on a regular basis for professional cleanings and exams. That’s why Dr. Jaros wants to remind all of her Austin, TX, area patients to be proactive in scheduling these appointments in advance.
For most people, that means a professional cleaning and exam twice a year. But if you have other issues – such as gum disease or gums that are more prone to developing this condition – Dr. Jaros might ask that you come in more often. Remember that these visits are intended to provide not only dental care, but periodontic (gum) care as well.
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What You Should Expect During Cleanings and Exams
While the exact steps involved in your cleaning and exam visit will vary, depending on your individual needs and current oral health, there are some procedures that are common during your regular visits to see Dr. Jaros:
- Your teeth will be cleaned and polished by one of our highly skilled hygienists.
- The gum pockets around your teeth may be measured to assess the health of your gums
- You may have x-rays taken, if needed.
- As needed, Dr. Jaros will perform a visual examination of your teeth, gums, and existing dental work.
- Dr. Jaros will perform an exam to check for oral cancer if needed.
Your Own Oral Health Routine At Home
There’s no doubt how important it is to visit Dr. Jaros on a regular basis for professional cleanings and exams. But the rest is up to you; meaning that you should practice good oral hygiene at home each and every day. For most people that means simply brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
If you have problems maintaining healthy gums, or if you are cavity prone or suffer from some other oral health issue, your daily routine should be more vigorous. For some patients, flossing once a day just isn’t enough, so for these people it’s advisable to floss after each time they brush their teeth.
Using a water flosser device at least once a day is even more effective at removing leftover food particles that can lead to a buildup of bacteria and, eventually, tooth decay and/or gum disease. Dr. Jaros can recommend the best at-home oral hygiene routine for you.