Oral hygiene is crucial to start at a young age. Most dentists recommend having your teeth cleaned every 6-12 months in order to reduce the chances of gum disease and tarter build-up, but some people may need to visit their dentists more than twice a year. Good oral hygiene starts at home, but the cleanings make it easier to maintain a healthy mouth.
A cleaning is done by the dental hygienist. The hygienist cleans the teeth in order to remove plaque, tarter, and stains that have accumulated on the teeth since the last visit. The plaque that builds up on the teeth over time is a soft film that causes gum disease and tooth decay if it is not removed. Tarter is a hard calcified deposit that can cause tooth decay. The hygienist has special tools that they use to gently scrape off the plaque and tarter.
A routine cleaning helps to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, and can reveal early signs of problems that could turn into bigger issues if they are not addressed properly. Your college years are when you really begin to learn things on your own, and to become your own person, so maintaining oral health throughout college will help in the long run with staying up to date on dental checkups and cleanings.
The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth cleaned at least once a year, but having a dental checkup twice a year is what is recommended by most dentists. It may be difficult to find the right dentist, and many college students tend to try and find one at the last minute, but many dental offices book up with appointments months in advance. Luckily there are some that are open and willing to accommodate your needs. Wells Family Dental Group offers same day procedures and is happy to help you find the right time to come in for a checkup and cleaning. It is very easy to call and make a quick appointment for your college student or for yourself. Remember to keep your mouth happy an healthy by getting a cleaning!