For every dental patient, oral hygiene is an important part of what they’re doing to help maintain the health of their gums and teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day are considered to be the standards by which we measure things. However, even if you follow the standard rules for oral care, you may still develop problems. This is why it is essential to visit your dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and check-up to catch any problems early on while they are treatable and reversible.
For someone in good dental health, cleanings and examinations are recommended twice a year. By seeing patients every six months, we can keep the issues to a minimal. When we end up seeing patients once a year, we find that more significant problems can develop. For those who have a history of gum problems or tend to get a lot of cavities, we recommend they schedule recall appointments every three or four months instead to prevent a reoccurrence of disease and to stay on top of any new problems that may occur. We recommend our patients receive x-rays based on their dental history. X-rays are an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. With x-rays, Dr. Rhodes can see what is happening in-between the teeth as well as what is going on underneath the gums. Without those, he is unable to address any potential problems and the patient may not be aware of them until they experience pain and swelling. When problems are detected early on, they are easier and oftentimes much less expensive to take care of and deal with.
Dr. Rhodes at Hunt Valley Dental takes care of patients of all ages and stages. From children to the elderly, he is able to service the entire family in one practice. If you have been looking for a qualified, experienced family dentist, call Hunt Valley Dental today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Rhodes. His welcoming staff will make your entire family feel at home!