Daily dental hygiene and regular cleanings (every 6 months) are vital to your oral health. If hygiene and cleaning lapses for long periods or has been poor in the past, you might notice that you end up developing a variety of problems from needing fillings to ending up with periodontal disease. However, the problem can go deeper than just an unhealthy oral habit. It can also cause tooth decay/rot which leads to teeth getting removed. A lack of self-confidence and ruined self-esteem can also soon become issues for those with poor oral hygiene.
The brushing/rinsing/flossing routine is very important to keep your dental hygiene in top shape. You should be brushing your teeth twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste. You should also floss once per day to remove food particles stuck between the teeth. Rinsing after meals or having sugary drinks like fruit juices or sodas can also assist in ensuring that your teeth don’t get exposed to sugar for longer than they have to be each day.
Visiting your dentist on a semi-annual basis also ensures that you are getting the professional cleaning that your teeth need to stay healthy in the long term. Moreover, you will catch any problems in their earliest stages so that they don’t become bigger problems in the future.
What to Expect at a Routine Dental Visit?
During your dental visit, you can expect your dentist to clean your teeth using special instruments. The hygienist will scrape below the gum line to move out any plaque or tartar buildup in the area. Then you will have a full examination of your teeth. This will ensure there are no cavities or other issues with any of the teeth (i.e., chips, cracks, etc.). You may also have your teeth polished and flossed.
If you are due for your annual x-rays, they will likely perform those as well while you are at the office for your exam. If other problems get noticed, your dentist might schedule x-rays to see if those issues need further attention. Whether you get Panoramic X-Ray and Panorex x-rays, they emit no more radiation than a few hours in the sun would or a weekend watching TV would expose you to. If you are pregnant, please tell your dentist before he takes your X-Rays. This will ensure proper precautions are taken or tests are moved to another time.
What Does a Dentist Visit Cost?
The average dentist visit in the US runs about $50 to $80. That cost is without any additional procedures. Cleaning by the hygienist will cost another $75 to $200 (depending on your area) and then another $15 to $25. The total for the necessary dental procedure would cost up to $300+ for your first visit. Esthetic Dental Spa offers a $99.00 exam, x-rays, and cleaning for a complete package that will start your oral health off in the right direction.
At Esthetix Dental Spa, we are proud to offer you a full comprehensive oral exam, cleaning, and set of X-Rays for the low price of $99. Please feel free to contact us for further information and to schedule your appointment today.