Preserve Your Oral Health with Six Month Dental Cleanings

To preserve your oral health, remember that a healthy mouth starts with healthy habits. This means daily care at home looking after your teeth and gums to make sure dental disease stays away. Brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes, gently but thoroughly will remove food particles and plaque—oral bacteria that turns into a sticky film that coats your teeth. You should floss at least once a day in between the teeth, and the teeth and gum line, and if you only do it once, it is preferable to do it at bedtime so the mouth is clean overnight when saliva production is at its minimum.

Next, you will want to enlist the help of your dentist to do what you cannot do at home. Every six months or so, depending on your oral health, you will want to go for a dental cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will do the following:

Dental Examination and Cleaning

  • Making sure your fillings are in good shape
  • Checking for gum recession
  • Evaluating your dental appliances
  • Checking the contact between your teeth
  • Taking X-rays as necessary
  • Examining the gums thoroughly
  • Checking for any signs of gum disease
  • Making sure there are no loose teeth
  • Examining the tissues inside your mouth
  • Checking your tongue for abnormalities
  • Making sure your bite is what it should be
  • Checking for signs of tooth decay
  • Examining your teeth for chips and cracks

To preserve your healthy smile, take good care of your teeth and gum health every day, and have regular dental cleanings and exams. To schedule a visit with one of our caring dentists, please call our Smiles Dental team in Longview, Washington at 360.200.6995 today. Dr. Jared Doman, Dr. Derrik Stark, Dr. Burke Jardine, and Dr. Nicholas Andros are dedicated to helping you smile!