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A mother and young daughter face each other in a utility room and brush their teethRegular dental hygiene visits are crucial to your oral health. By visiting the dentist every 6 months, you will be ensuring that tooh plaque is regularly removed, which will help prevent cavities and gum disease.

Once your teeth have been cleaned and polished by the hygienist, then the dentist will look inside your mouth to examine the teeth and gum tissue. This exam is an important way to prevent serious dental problems. It allows the dentist to look for the early signs of dental disorders. Catching issues at this stage allows for early treatment and may stop the progress of a dental condition. The dentist will also look for signs of oral cancer, TMJ, and bite changes.

For most people, a dental checkup every 6 months is the recommended frequency. If you missed your last routine appointment, it’s time to schedule a visit. Additionally, you may want to call our office to find out if you can benefit from an appointment, if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • A tooth that chips, cracks, or breaks
  • Facial swelling or jaw swelling
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Inflamed, red, or tender gums
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Nighttime teeth grinding
  • Jaw clicking or locking

We encourage you to give us a call if you notice any change or symptom that concerns you. We are here to provide answers and schedule an appointment for you if needed. Some of the most common dental problems that can be detected by your dentist include:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Broken teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Enamel erosion

All of these dental problems and others can be treated. Our dentists will describe all of your options so you can choose what’s right for you. We believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile, and your routine dental appointments are a great way to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Schedule Your Next Dental Hygiene Appointment

Our experienced dentists are ready to help you with any dental concern or goal you may have. To arrange a consultation or routine appointment in Greenville, SC, please call Flatrock Family Dentistry at 864-297-5268.