The American Dental Association recommends having a dental check-up every six months. Before an exam, your dental hygienist thoroughly cleans your teeth and gums. Cleaning removes plaque build-up from the teeth and tartar from the gum lines.
Your hygienist also flosses and polishes your teeth to remove food debris and superficial stains from the surface of your teeth for a brighter smile. You may also be offered a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your tooth enamel.
In between exams, there are steps you can take to improve your oral health:
When carrying out an exam, your dentist looks for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other symptoms of oral distress. Your dental exam will include: