Why visit your dentist regularly?It may not seem necessary to regularly visit your dentist; however it is essential for monitoring and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Earlier detection for changes can be addressed; as recent studies show the importance to maintain a healthy mouth for our overall health. Oral infections have been
What to expect?
A six month appointment includes a professional cleaning, as well as a thorough dental examination and evaluation. There are numerous components to the appointment: evaluating the health of your teeth, gums, bone levels, TMJ (jaw bone/joint), and entire inner tissues of the mouth and upper throat.
In addition, examine your mouth, tongue, lips, and skin will be examined for any lesions, or signs of disease, such as oral cancer or diabetes; decay, and to make notes of significant findings and treatment.
Another procedure performed is x-rays (radiographs). X-rays allow for early detection of tooth decay, determination of infection, bone loss that the dentist is unable to see with the naked eye or not felt by an instrument; and wisdom teeth.
The Hygienist examines the state of your teeth and gums for the presence of periodontal disease, infection, systemic disease; symptoms can include but not limited to bleeding, inflammation, recession, redness, swelling and irritation, or bone loss around the teeth.
The actual cleaning involves the use of an ultrasonic device that eliminates the pellicle, plaque, and tartar. The pellicle is a protein layer, similar to a nail cuticle, that allows plaque and bacteria to wedge easily under the gum. The hygienist uses both an ultrasonic cleaning tool (cavitron) and hand instruments to remove plaque, bacteria, and pellicle from the gum lines.
Your teeth will be polished with prophylaxis paste. The paste is slightly abrasive, which helps remove any extrinsic stains, and smooths the surface of teeth, so plaque won’t stick easily.
There are many types of Fluoride treatments that can treat various conditions – like white spots, sensitive spots, and teeth that are susceptible to cavities. Fluoride is not just for kids anymore.
When the examination and cleaning have been completed, your dentist will advise you of any further treatment needed. It’s best to treat any problems areas as soon as possible. Tooth decay can continue to worsen; resulting in pain and more money. If no irregularities are found, your next appointment will be 3-6 months later, depending on the clinical findings at your exam.
Although oral health may not have been a priority in the past, it’s important to remember that your oral health affects your overall health. So why visit your dentist regularly every 6 months, getting your teeth cleaned and following excellent daily oral hygiene at home (brushing, flossing, and using the right care products), you have a better chance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy throughout a lifetime.
Maintaining a healthy mouth will save you time, money, and any discomfort in the long run.