Novato Dentists Walk You Through Key Steps Of Semi-Annual Professional Appointments

Written by Dr. McConnell on Feb 26, 2020

The key to maintaining long-term oral health is to combine thorough at-home cleaning with state-of-the-art professional care. In today’s article our Novato dentists are talking more about what you can expect from professional dental care. We hope that you find this information helpful, and that you feel free to reach out to our team if you have any additional questions.

When you come in what will happen?

Our dental team does a number of different things during semi-annual appointments: 

  • We’ll take a look at your teeth and oral tissues and check for signs of infection

It can be tough for patients to identify signs of infection at home on their own—both because these spots can be in hard-to-see spots, and because they can develop asymptomatically for a time. Our dental team is able to spot these issues before they become too serious.

  • We’ll thoroughly clean your mouth

One of the most important things that we will do is to clear away plaque that has calcified to your teeth—this is called tartar. We will give your smile a clean slate, which you will then work to maintain in between appointments.

  • We’ll complete an oral cancer screening

In the same way that we look for diseased tissues, we will scan your mouth for anomalous tissues. As you would imagine, oral cancers caught early are easier, less expensive, and less invasive to treat—so this is the goal!

  • We’ll talk to you about your at-home oral hygiene routine

During your appointment, we can collaborate to make sure that you are getting the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine. We’re here to recommend new products, different tools, and schedule changes when it comes to brushing/rinsing.

Too many people feel embarrassed about the state of their smile, and this keeps them from getting back in the dentist’s chair. Our Novato dentists are 100% here to help you, not to judge you. So please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team no matter how long you’ve been away!