A Thorough Cleaning – a dental hygienist or dentist will scrape along and below the gum line to remove built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Then he or she will polish and floss your teeth.
A Full Dental Examination – your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems.
X-Rays – X-rays can diagnose problems otherwise unnoticed, such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts or tumors, and decay between the teeth.
On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for many people. Some can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more. This high-risk group includes: SMOKERS, PREGNANT WOMEN, DIABETES, PEOPLE WITH CURRENT GUM DISEASE, PEOPLE WHO TEND TO GET CAVITIES OR BUILD UP PLAQUE.
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don't become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease. Problems can be treated at a manageable stage.
The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime. In times of stress or illness, you may need to see the dentist more often than usual. The dentist may help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth.
Did you know???
The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime
If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.
1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.
Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
Reasons to smile:
A smile. It’s simple to do, it can save a life, smile more often , smile at strangers , save a life!!!
You use less facial muscle to smile than to frown.
Smiling not only helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed but can actually help reduce stress.
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the better.
Smiling can also boost your overall health. The act of smiling actually helps the human immune system to function more effectively.