No one wants to go to the dentist. We get it. Some people simply can’t find the time, whereas others are positively terrified. Besides, why bother when there’s nothing wrong with your teeth? But is that actually true?

See, a lot of people neglect dental hygiene until it becomes a real problem, and we’re here to tell you you don’t want to do that. It’s preferable that you take the time every 3 or 4 months for an appointment with our dental hygienist in Richmond, and ideally avoid a much trickier dental issue in the long run.

How often should you be going to the dentist?

When we say “going to the dentist”, we’re not talking about toothaches. Just like you go for check-ups at your regular doctor, you should be going in for regular dental hygiene appointments.

Here, at The Practice at Mortlake, we recommend scheduling your dental hygiene appointments once every 3 or 4 months. Of course, there’s no magical one-size-fits all here, but try not to let more than six months go by between appointments, to maintain stellar dental health!

What happens at a dental hygiene appointment?

Another reason why people are unjustifiably scared of going to the dentist is that they don’t really understand what happens when you go. At The Practice at Mortlake, our dental hygiene appointments are a fairly easy, yet thorough cleaning process.

First, we will assess the situation, in order to determine whether you need something more serious than just a regular clean-up. Often, it helps having an expert examine your teeth on a regular basis, as our dentists and hygienists may be able to spot a problem, long before you yourself feel it.

Now, if there is some sort of unforeseen problem, don’t worry – our team of experts is trained to deal with such occurrences, and they’ll advise you what to do next.

But assuming there isn’t, we’ll proceed with the clean-up. First, we’ll remove any plaque that has built up on your teeth over the months since your last clean-up. While plaque build-up is normal and nothing to worry about in its own right, too much can cause cavities and tooth decay. So it’s important that you have it cleaned off on a regular basis.

Your dentist or hygienist will also clean between the teeth, over and under the gums, to remove any residue. Once again, this can be the cause of serious dental issues in the long run, or at the very least, give you bad breath.

Lastly, once the dental clean-up is over, our professional dental expert will advise you on how to care for your teeth at home. They will give you tips on the proper cleaning procedures and routines, to ensure fresh breath and a cavity-free smile. Yes, professional dental hygiene appointments are important, but if you want to maintain the health of your teeth, it’s going to take at-home everyday effort!

So what are you waiting for? Schedule your dental hygiene appointment at The Practice at Mortlake today!