It’s that time of the year again. You are due for your semi-annual routine check-up at the dentist’s! Although it may feel like you are coming too often, there are many reasons why dental offices set a 4-6 month recall date.
A dental recall appointment usually consists of a full mouth cleaning by a hygienist, followed by a thorough oral examination by the dentist.
Plaque and calculus formation are preventable by maintaining proper oral hygiene. At times, it is difficult to reach certain areas in the mouth.
Did you know?
- When plaque gets on your teeth, you have a limited time to remove it before it hardens into calculus. This usually takes about 48 hours.
- Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, but once it hardens into calculus, it is only removable by a dental professional.
With regular dental cleanings, your hygienist can help remove calculus and plaque that formed over the past four to six months you were away.
What dentists usually check for at recall appointments:
- Gum recession/disease
- Teeth mobility
- Teeth and jaw alignment
- Facial and oral cancer screening
- Head and neck examination
By visiting the dentist regularly, you can detect cavities and other oral implications early. Your mouth is one of the closest organs to your brain and heart. A healthy mouth = healthy body!