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Most people know they are supposed to visit a dental office in Oakville every six months to get a checkup and teeth cleaning. However, while this may be common knowledge, many people fail to go that often.
Some wind up going years in between checkups, feeling as though if there was a problem, they would know about it. This could be a result of having a very tight schedule or most probably the fear of the dentist office which is a common fear among the majority of people.
The fact is that dental offices are not there to make you afraid but in reality, they are there to giving you preventive ways that will enable you to keep your teeth's healthier.
The majority of dental offices are at the forefront of encouraging individuals to get to their dentist's office more often. While the default time period in-between visits remain six months, they do recommend that certain people-those that have been labelled "at-risk"-make the visit even more often than that.
The reason such frequent visits are recommended is because of the speed in which tooth decay can set in. Once it has, there's little that can be done to reverse it. Staying on top of it and preventing it in the first place is by far the best way to maintain a healthy smile.
Since far too many people see general dentistry as something only the vain need to be overly concerned about, it's important to understand that keeping clean and healthy teeth has much more to do with health and function than it does vanity and appearances.
The dental hygienist can clean your teeth in ways you could never hope to at home. Professional teeth cleaning systems are not for sale to the public and even if they were they would not be safe for home use.
They are, however, powerful tools in the hands of a trained professional. The equipment and techniques used in the office can clean off the buildup of tartar and plaque that brushing alone cannot.
Of course, cleaning is not the only purpose of regular dental office visits. During these visits, the dentist himself will have a chance to check out your teeth and make sure there are no cavities forming and no other forms of gum disease brewing.
If there are, he can then make recommendations as to the next best step. He can perform an X-ray and see problems that would be impossible to detect on your own until things had progressed far past the preventative stage.
In the worst possible case scenario, poorly maintained dental health can pose great threats to a person's overall health. This is why the importance of visiting your dental office on a regular basis cannot be stressed enough.
However, a lot of people remain apprehensive about visiting dental offices in general. Fortunately, clinics nowadays are a lot friendlier and much less intimidating than offices from decades ago.
Many misconceptions around dental treatments have long been shattered and people are more willing to keep their dental appointments
Dr. Somayeh Nourian is the principal dentist at Kiwi Dental focusing on restorative, cosmetic and dental surgeries. She is been practicing dentistry since 2006 as a family dentist and has earned the trust of many families to take care of their oral health.
She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor of Biochemistry and earned her dental degree from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has a passion for dental surgeries including dental implants and gum grafts and is currently part of the Ontario Dental Implant Network.