Whether you are one of those who goes willingly to the dentist or are hesitant about getting work done, the team at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium wants you to make and keep regular appointments for cleanings and checkups.
Regular dental appointments are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. For most patients, we recommend a visit to our office every six months. We occasionally need to see a patient more often.
Parts 1 & 2
There are two parts to an average dental appointment: a cleaning and a checkup.
- During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists inspects your teeth and gums, and uses special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up. It also includes polishing your teeth, which removes any surface stains. The last step is flossing.
- During a checkup, the dentist checks your overall dental health. If there are any issues, like a cavity or signs of gum disease, we’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment. It will be planned for your convenience, of course, but sooner is better.
What you do between your six-month visits is really important. Plaque is contantly forming on the teeth, so we recommend – and we cannot say it strongly enough! – that you brush and floss your teeth. Ideally, you’ll do this twice a day.
You have a lot of toothpaste choices. The flavor is up to you, but be sure to choose one with fluoride.
By seeing us twice a year, and maintaining a good dental health regimen at home, you can have confidence that your teeth and gums are in great shape. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. If you haven’t already, schedule your next appointment today!
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