Keeping up with regular visits to your dentist in Rochester can help you avoid two of the most common causes of tooth loss: decay and gum disease. These twice-annual appointments are vital for removing the plaque and tartar buildup that lead to cavities and infection. When was your last visit to Kritzman Dental Arts? If it’s been more than six months, it’s past time to schedule your appointment. Keep reading to learn more about your general dental care!
Regular Cleanings for Healthier Teeth
You know that smooth feeling you enjoy after a good dental cleaning? That’s clean -- and it’s how your teeth should feel all of the time. Good dental health is a daily battle against plaque, the clear, sticky substance that’s constantly forming on the surface of teeth. When it’s not removed with proper brushing and flossing, plaque turns into hard, yellow tartar. Both substances lead to tooth decay and gum infection.
The goal of your six month cleaning is to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that’s formed since your last visit. Using special hand tools, your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth for the sparkling, clean-mouth sensation we all love after leaving the dentist.
Dental Checkups Stop Problems In Their Tracks
Once your teeth are totally clean, Dr. Kritzman will perform a visual examination of your teeth and gums to make sure they’re as healthy as can be. What’s he looking for, exactly? The swollen, red, tender gums that indicate gum disease, or the dark spots that develop as a result of cavities. He’ll also check in on your existing dental work to make sure everything is functioning as it should. And if you request it, he can perform an oral cancer screening alongside your exam, too.
With a dental checkup every six months, you’ll be able to receive the most conservative treatment possible in the event that something goes wrong with your dental health.
X-Rays Reveal Hidden Issues
In addition to your visual examination, we will also take x-rays to find problems that could be lurking beneath the surface. X-rays make visible the areas between each tooth, and also in the nooks and crannies of the molars, where decay is known to hide. With an x-ray taken on each side of the mouth, Dr. Kritzman is able to ensure there’s nothing unexpected going on in your mouth.
Sedation Dentistry Eases Nerves
If you feel anxious or fearful about dental appointments, this is a very important question to ask your dentist: Do you offer any sedation options? You want to work with a provider who understands their patients and has options for calming dentistry. For this reason, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to make sure you feel comfortable during your visit. For more information about our sedation services, please visit our Sedation Dentistry page.
Book Your Visit Today!
Remember that regular dental care is crucial to enjoying a strong, healthy smile that lasts for a lifetime. Contact Kritzman Dental Arts by calling 585-442-1230 to book your visit with the Rochester dentist today! Patients from Brighton, Pittsford, Henrietta and beyond are also welcome in our dental practice. We can’t wait to help you and those you love enjoy the ultimate in dental health!