To protect the health of your teeth and gums, you brush and floss each day. While your home oral hygiene habits are your first line of defense against dental issues, they are only half of the care you need. You should also visit your dentist in Accra twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. While you may believe that you only need to schedule an appointment after a problem has developed, this could not be further from the truth. With regular care, you will prevent issues from occurring in the first place. At Bethel Dental, your healthy smile starts here with the preventive care you need every 6 months.
Why Do I Need a Professional Cleaning?
A regular cleaning is vital to preventing dental health issues, like gum disease. Even with the best brushing and flossing habits, there are areas in the mouth that you cannot clean at home, like below the gum line.
Over time, bacteria in plaque and tartar begin to accumulate in these areas. If the buildup is not removed, it can lead to gum disease. Not to mention, your risk for tooth decay will also increase as bacteria in your mouth turns sugars and starches to acid.
Our dental hygienist uses special dental tools to clean the hard-to-reach areas to remove the accumulation. We will also discuss your oral hygiene routine to make suggestions for improvement. By keeping your teeth clean, you set the right foundation for a healthy smile.
Why Do I Need a Checkup?
All too often, it is believed that you do not need to have your teeth checked unless you are experiencing a problem, like a toothache. However, with a regular examination, we can prevent dental issues from developing in the first place. This not only protects your oral health, but also saves time and money because you reduce the need for costly or invasive treatments in the future.
We perform a visual examination of the mouth, neck, throat, and jaw to look for any areas of concern. We will also take diagnostic images, which allow us to check what we cannot see on the surface. With a complete insight, we can monitor your dental health. This allows us to detect any areas of concern sooner for quick intervention. With early diagnosis, you will prevent little problems from turning into bigger issues that will require more extensive treatment. To further prevent dental complications, we may recommend additional procedures, such as a fluoride varnish or dental sealants to help ward off tooth decay.
How Often Do I Need to See the Dentist?
Generally, if you do not have any serious oral health issues, you can schedule a cleaning and checkup every six months. However, if you have an underlying problem, like gum disease, we may recommend that you schedule an appointment more frequently.
If you have not been to the dentist recently, do not wait until a problem arises to schedule an appointment. Contact our office today for your semi-annual cleaning and checkup.