Maintaining your oral health does more than just prevent cavities and keep your smile looking great. Research has revealed that there is a correlation between the health of your gums and teeth and your whole body. Regular routines of brushing, flossing, and mouth wash can go a long way to preventing decay and preserving your beautiful smile, but it’s just the start. The ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that everyone sees their dentist twice a year to help preserve their oral health.
What Are The Benefits of Getting Regular Cleanings and Exams?
There are multiple benefits to seeing your dentist twice a year above and beyond establishing good habits in your children. Regular cleanings ensure that your teeth remain free of decay, and you gums free from disease while preventing halitosis. It helps prevent staining from beverages, food, and behaviors like smoking by eliminating the residue. Consistent visits to your dentist also ensure that future visits will remain short and cheery with nothing but good news. Even more importantly, these regular exams will ensure that you don’t experience high dental costs in the future.
What Happens During My Exam?
Your dental exam is an opportunity for your dentist to check in on your oral health and ensure that there are no future concerns forming. On top of gum disease and tooth decay, your dentist will also be keeping an eye out for signs of concerns like oral cancer. Identified early enough, concerns like these can be caught while they’re still able to be resolved. Each visit will be accompanied by imaging to update your x-rays to ensure health conditions hidden from the naked eye can be identified, and decay beneath the gum line and between the teeth can be caught early.
What Happens As Part Of A Professional Cleaning?
Professional cleaning is an opportunity for your hygienist to eliminate plaque and tartar that was not removed by your regular hygiene practices. In addition, your hygienist will check in on the condition of existing fillings, cavities, and any existing orthodontics. While they’re cleaning your teeth, they will also check to be certain that your gums are tightly adhered to your teeth, a sign of healthy gums free of disease. They’ll check to ensure that no visible signs of bone loss or periodontal disease. They’ll wrap up your time by flossing your teeth, polishing them, and then applying fluoride to help them remain strong in the days to come.
In the event that your hygienist finds any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or other health concerns, they’ll talk to both you and your dentist about it. In most cases, this will result in instructions on how to better care for your oral health, often prescribing antibiotics if an infection is present. If further care or a follow-up is needed, they will discuss it with you at this point.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your last exam and cleaning, there’s no reason to wait. Reach out to our office with a call and schedule an appointment for a routine exam. Our team of dental experts will be glad to help you get your dental health back on track and set the path for a future with great oral health.