By Office of James F. Pechloff, DDS
August 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Six-Month Cleaning  

Dental CleaningsHas it been a while since you last visited your Wauwatosa dentist for a routine dental checkup? If so, it may be time to call James F. Pechloff, DDS to set up an appointment. Most people need to see their dentist for a routine exam every six months. Here are three reasons why.

1. Tooth Brushing Alone Isn't Enough

While brushing your teeth is an excellent first step toward oral hygiene, brushing alone isn't enough. Even if you are diligent about brushing, flossing and rinsing, you will always leave some bacteria behind. Visiting Dr. Pechloff is a great way to make sure that the food particles and bacteria you miss are properly removed.

2. Prevent Dental Problems

Having your Wauwatosa dentist remove the bacteria and food particles hiding in your mouth doesn't just keep your mouth clean and healthy. It also helps prevents dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease, from forming. Cavities and gum disease thrive in places where bacteria are allowed to hide. Regular dental checkups help ensure they never have a chance.

3. Identify Dental Concerns Early

Of course, if you do begin to develop dental problems, you will want to know right away. Early detection is key to quickly and easily treat dental problems ranging from small cavities to oral cancer. The sooner your dental concerns are identified, the sooner you can begin treatment, and the more positive your outcomes are likely to be.

While a few people do need to visit their Wauwatosa dentist more frequently than every six months and a few people are okay to wait longer, six months is the general recommendation. Your dentist can let you know which time interval is right for you, depending on your oral health, health history and other factors. No one can wait too long, however, so if it has been a while since you last visited Dr. Pechloff, be sure to call and set up your next appointment today.