A Basic Checkup is More Than A Teeth Cleaning
Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. Gum infections and periodontal disease are related to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings may help prevent these and many other health problems.
Regular professional dental teeth cleaning and dental exams can keep you healthier and looking better. Some of the most important reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis are:
1. To prevent gum disease
Gum disease is an infection of tissues surrounding your teeth and a major cause of bone loss and subsequent tooth loss if left untreated. Regular dental cleanings and good home care are main factors in preventing gum disease.
2. To help detect oral cancer
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, one American dies every hour from oral cancer. Early diagnosis is very important in improving the prognosis of cancer. A dental exam includes a screening for oral cancer.
3. To have a healthy smile
A beautiful smile improves your confidence which in turn can improve your self esteem. A positive first impression of a beautiful smile can open doors to many possibilities in your life as well. Regular dental cleanings customized to your needs will help you maintain a healthy smile.
4. To maintain good oral health
Regular visits to your dentist will assist your hygienist in following your oral health, comparing them with previous results. If you fall off track, your hygienist will put you back on course. On these visits, your dentist and hygienist will thoroughly examine you for any signs of problems with your teeth and gums. In a majority of cases, problems when detected early are a lot easier and less expensive to treat which can lead to a better long term prognosis.
5. To help maintain good overall health
Research has shown and experts agree that there is a correlation between poor oral health and chronic inflammatory diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other problems such as: stroke, premature and low birth weight. Regular dental cleanings will help to keep you teeth and gums healthy, which will also help manage these other problems.
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits – Every Six Months
Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Between regularly scheduled examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may suggest alternative scheduling options or treatments.
What Goes On During A Regular Visit
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your appointment, Dr. Judy will evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer. The dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene between visits.
Once your examination and cleaning is completed, they will inform you of their findings and make any additional recommendations if necessary. By visiting your dentist on a regular basis and following good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to have healthier teeth and gums.
Regular Dental Examination Cost
The cost of a regular dental examination is dependent on insurance coverage, etc. Please contact our office for an estimate.