shutterstock_364820018There are many steps that go into maintaining your smile and keeping your teeth clean and healthy. While certain measures can be taken at home, you should still see a professional dentist at least twice per year for a general checkup and more thorough cleaning. This will show if any issues are forming in your teeth, gums and bones, from gingivitis to oral cancer, which can also impact your overall health. Newton Dental Associates is proud to provide general dentistry services to patients in Newton and the surrounding Boston area.

When Should I See a General Dentist?

Your child should have their first dental checkup around their 3rd birthday. Your dentist will be able to check for early signs of decay and so your child can learn about proper brushing, flossing and preventative care from the earliest age possible. Starting dentist visits early can also show your child that a biannual visit is nothing to be afraid of. After the initial visit, you should schedule appointments every six months for checkups.

What Happens During a General Dentist Visit?

A general dentist visit starts with a cleaning. After performing a preliminary exam of your teeth, your hygienist will use a scaler to begin scraping tartar and plaque buildup along your gumlines, followed by using a powerful electric toothbrush with fluoride and a strong toothpaste to remove any remnants. The hygienist will then go through each tooth and floss, removing any trapped particles and checking your gums for signs of disease. After your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will perform an exam of your teeth and mouth so he/she will be able to diagnose:

  • Cavities or spots of decay
  • Perform scans for oral cancer
  • Treat conditions such as TMJ or TMD
  • Malocclusions (misaligned teeth)

General Dentistry Checkups & Cleanings in Newton, Brookline & Boston, MA

If you are looking for a new dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, contact Newton Dental Associates today! Maintaining your routine visits will allow you to keep your mouth and gums healthy, which can prevent general health conditions and cardiovascular disease. To schedule an appointment, Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or filling out our online contact form.