Maintain Good Oral Health with Dental Checkups & Cleanings
What does it take to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health? First and foremost, it takes daily brushing and flossing. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, or after each meal, if you can. We also recommend flossing at least once a day, preferably just before bedtime. Adding a quality mouthwash to your regimen also helps by controlling bacteria and plaque.
Of course, brushing and flossing aren't the only things you should do to ensure that your smile stays strong and healthy. Routine cleanings and dental exams are also important. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year, or every six months, for a checkup.
What to Expect During Your Checkup
During a checkup, your hygienist uses advanced tools to clean every inch of your smile including areas that are hard to clean with basic brushing and flossing. On top of this, Dr. Esparza completes a thorough visual exam looking for signs of decay or cracks, in addition to gum disease, teeth grinding, and oral cancer.
At the end of your appointment, we're happy to discuss findings and recommend treatment for you. If you have questions about the plan we put forward, we're happy to answer them. Dr. Esparza wants each of her patients to feel 100 percent comfortable with the recommendations she makes.
Do I Really Need to See a Dentist Every Six Months?
The short answer to this question is yes. Maintaining routine visits reduces your potential for developing serious dental issues. Even small cavities, left untreated long enough, have a serious impact on your oral health. When caught early, these problems can be controlled with modest changes to your smile.
Is It Time for Your Next Dental Checkup?
If it's been more than six months since your last appointment with Dr. Esparza, we hope you'll contact our Virginia Beach office for an appointment. Our friendly team looks forward to serving you and the other members of your family.