When was the last time you visited the dentist? Many people put off seeing their dentist until they develop toothaches or other uncomfortable symptoms. However, regular checkups and cleanings not only help you avoid dental issues, but also improve the appearance of your smile. Livingston NJ family dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss the importance of regular checkups and cleanings. Frequently Asked Questions About Checkups and Cleanings Question: How often should I receive a checkup? Answer: The American Dental Association recommends adults undergo a checkup once every six months. During these twice-yearly exams, your Livingston NJ family dentists will watch for any signs of burgeoning dental issues. We will also provide oral cancer screenings. Question: Do children require dental checkups? Answer: Yes. Children should receive an initial checkup shortly after the arrival of the first tooth. Starting around age three, all children should undergo a checkup once every six months. Checkups can help instill good dental habits and reduce dental anxiety in children. Question: What are the benefits of a dental cleaning? Answer: A dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth. The teeth will then be polished. Removing plaque erases minor teeth stains, freshens your breath, and even aids in the prevention of gum disease. A simple cleaning helps you maintain and attractive and healthy smile. Question: What are dental sealants? Answer: For children at risk of tooth decay, your Livingston NJ family dentists offer dental sealants. After examining your child’s smiles, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will watch for risk factors of tooth decay. If they recommend dental sealants, a plastic material will be applied to the molars. These teeth rest in the back of the mouth and are often difficult for children to reach when brushing and flossing. The sealants prevent food and bacteria from building up between teeth, staving off plaque and strengthening defenses against dental caries. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom: The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.