At the end of the day, preventive dentistry is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to keep your oral health in check. While this includes brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing, it also means you’ll need to visit Dr. Kramer for a checkup and cleaning once every six months. If you aren’t sure what to expect or you want to set up your next appointment, we hope that you’ll give us a call!
It’s important to acknowledge that brushing and flossing are very much necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy in between routine checkups. However, we understand that you may be confused as to why professional checkups are needed on top of your at-home care.
For starters, your toothbrush and floss are not capable of reaching every single corner of your mouth. There are tiny nooks and crannies throughout your mouth that can easily develop plaque, tartar and decay, all without you even noticing until it’s already too late. That’s where the hygienist comes in. Their job is to use sophisticated dental instruments to target these small areas and remove plaque and tartar before it can cause decay and cavities.
It’s also worth mentioning that plaque and tartar are extremely difficult to catch on your own. This means that, for the most part, your teeth are being damaged by plaque acids and you likely don’t even notice it. This is because teeth do not start to experience pain until bacteria reaches the inner area where the pulp and nerves are. The good news is Dr. Kramer will be able to spot these areas and prescribe treatment if it is needed. His goal is to help you save money on care – after all, preventive care is always cheaper than needing a filling or crown later.
After meeting with our front desk, you’ll be brought to our treatment room where one of our team members will perform X-rays of your mouth and jaw. From there, you’ll speak with Dr. Kramer, who will ask how you’ve been doing since your last visit before performing a detailed exam of your mouth. If you have any dental concerns, now is the time to inform him about them.
Once the checkup is complete, he’ll be able to determine what needs to be done next. This could only be a cleaning or it could be something more involved depending on the condition of your mouth and any pressing concerns you have. If restorative dentistry or periodontal therapy is needed, you’ll be scheduled for that as well. Dental cleanings can be performed the same day as your exam.