It is important that Colorado residents visit their dentist regularly. Regular dental visits help keep teeth and gums strong and healthy. It is recommended that an individual visit the dentist at least two times a year. The biannual dental visit is usually made up of two parts: the first part is the checkup, the second part is the actual cleaning.
During the checkup, a dentist will review his patient’s teeth for cavities, plaque buildup and tartar. Plaque is clear and sticky. However, if it is not removed, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by simply brushing and flossing—it can only be removed by professional cleaning. If plaque and tartar are not removed from a person’s teeth, they will eventually lead to oral disease.
Next, the dentist will check the patient’s gums. They will use a device that is designed to measure the space between the teeth and gums. A person who has healthy gums will only have a shallow space between the teeth and gums. However, an individual who has gum disease will have a deeper space.
As the dentist concludes his checkup, he will also look at the patient’s tongue, throat, face and neck. He will look for indications of swelling, cancer, or any other signs of trouble that could affect the patient’s health in the long and short term.