Haven’t Been to the Dentist in a While?
Do you know what to expect when you haven’t been to the dentist in a while? It varies and hopefully it’s nothing serious. The biggest challenge your dentist and hygienists face is the plaque buildup on your teeth. Unfortunately, a toothbrush can’t always get everything off your teeth, which is why you should go to a dentist every 6 months. Hygienists and dentist have special instruments that will help remove the plaque that has adhered to your teeth, and the feeling after is amazing. You never knew your teeth could feel so clean and refreshed. Realistically, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you’ve probably developed at least one cavity. Typically these are easy to fix and you’ll leave the dentist office feeling like new.
Since your appointment may go long because of the plaque that has built-up, it’s important to not feel rushed while you’re at the dentist. Don’t make any plans after your appointment, you may not make them. Typically, a cleaning takes about 1 hour, but if you have extensive plaque buildup, it’s bound to take longer. Removing plaque from all your teeth might not be possible in one appointment, so you may have to come back. Hygienists will work on one side of your mouth and then have you come back for the other side. Sometimes this is a relief that you aren’t having all of the scaling done in the same appointment, especially if it’s going to be a while.
Dentists are there to help, and no matter how much patients dislike going to the dentist, it’s still important to go every six months. If dentists didn’t serve a purpose, they wouldn’t be in health care. They provide the same level of care as your family doctor does and they should be treated as such. Heritage Dental Associates is there to help you for life. They will take care of you and your family and you’ll never leave confused or unsatisfied. Maybe a little numb, but that’s it.
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