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Why regular cleaning and hygiene appointments?

Proper dental care is essential for maintaining excellent oral health. Dr. Birch recommends a preventive approach in dentistry and this happens by being seen on a regular basis (twice a year is recommended).

It's important to have a thorough examination, clean plaque and tartar buildup away, and perform x-rays to identify hidden problems. It's also important to screen for lesions and oral cancers.

X-rays are an integral part of regular dental hygiene appointments and can help identify issues such as tooth decay, cavities, impacted teeth, or infections below the gum line. By detecting these problems early, appropriate treatments can be implemented before the issues become bigger and more painful.

Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to gum disease. This can eventually result in tooth loss if left untreated. During hygiene appointments, Dr. Birch and his hygienists evaluate your gum health and perform thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums.

Regular cleanings also contribute to a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Over time, our teeth dull and lose their natural brightness. Dental hygiene appointments help your smile look nice by removing any stubborn stains.

And it's not just your mouth that benefits from regular hygiene appointments. Dr. Birch emphasizes that poor oral health has been linked to various systemic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory issues. Regular dental hygiene appointments and cleanings, coupled with x-rays, can ensure early detection of any underlying oral health concerns, contributing to better overall well-being.

If you have any questions about dental hygiene appointments or to schedule with one of Dr. Birch's professional hygienists, call the office at (970) 242-9202,