Did You Miss Your Last Dental Checkup?

According to recommendations by the American Dental Association (ADA), you should visit your dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. While you’re here, our highly-experienced dental hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth of plaque and tartar, which contain masses of harmful oral bacteria. The recommended six-month checkup schedule helps keep oral bacteria and the substances they produce under control, reducing your risks of tooth decay and gum disease. If you miss an appointment, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron advise scheduling a makeup visit as soon as possible. If you completely neglect to attend a checkup, however, then your risks can be significantly increased.

What Happens Between Visits

As you read this, over 600 different kinds of bacteria rest on your teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, and throughout your mouth’s tissues. When these germs gather, they produce a biofilm called plaque to protect them from saliva as they multiply. Brushing your teeth twice a day, as well as flossing at least once, can largely control the buildup of plaque and the threat of bacteria. If you miss a spot, though, then plaque can calcify into a more stubborn substance, tartar, which can’t be removed with a toothbrush, paste, floss, or water. A major point of regular professional checkups is to clean your teeth of the bacteria your toothbrush misses, and to allow Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron the chance to check your oral cavity for signs of developing dental issues.

It Might Not Be Too Late

When you stretch the time between checkups more than you should, you might allow bacteria the chance it needs to instigate tooth decay and gum disease development. Even so, if you pick your schedule back up as soon as possible, then we may be able to stop the progression of dental health issues before they become more serious. If it’s been a while since you attended a dental checkup and cleaning, then speak with Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

About Your Southlake Dentists:

As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.