Patients should visit the dentist for routine cleanings and exams every six months. However, some patients may require more frequent visits based on their oral health needs. Be sure to provide patients with personalized recommendations based on their unique situations.
Tooth decay is caused by acids that are produced by bacteria in the presence of sugar. To prevent decay these bacteria, sugar, and acids must be periodically removed by means of brushing and flossing.
For most people, a complete radiographic survey should be done every 3 years, and a "checkup" or "recall" should be set every 6 to 12 months. A complete set of X-rays is estimated to expose you to the same amount of radiation you get on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle.
Patients may be curious about how to maintain good oral health outside of the dental clinic. Be prepared to provide tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques, diet and nutrition recommendations, and other oral hygiene best practices.
Commonly, a soft-bristled toothbrush is the best. Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric, anything harder than soft is too hard. Stiff bristles may give you that clean feeling, but they can also abrade your teeth and cause gum recession.