Many people are under the impression that there is no need to visit the dentist if they do not have a cavity or are experiencing pain of some kind. This assumption could not be further from the truth! Regular dental exams are an important part of preventative medicine.
Scheduled cleanings and dental exams allow you to achieve a deeper clean that cannot be done at home on a regular basis. These office visits also give dentists the opportunity to catch problems and fix them before they turn into an issue that is more serious and much more painful.
Everyone should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and a check-up. This schedule holds true for people with average dental health. Those who are suffering from other, more serious dental conditions may need to come in for visits more often in order to maintain their dental health.
Semi-annual visits protect the gums as well as the teeth. The comprehensive cleaning done in our office cleans the gums thoroughly, unlike many of the regular practices people maintain at home. These visits also provide us with insight into your total health. Many of the problems associated with dental work can be a reflection of problems elsewhere in the body and vice versa.
Dental Exams & Cleanings
At Just Smiles, it’s not just a cleaning anymore…. during your appointment, we not only perform a cleaning, we also:
- Perform an Oral Cancer Exam
- Check your gums for blood, pus or pockets
- Check for decay
- Take x-rays to check for cavities in between the teeth and infections
- Check your fillings for leaks and cracks
- Check for loose shifting and drifting teeth
- Check your bite for wear facets and TMJ problems
- Evaluate your smile for orthodontic and cosmetic issues
- Consult with you about your concerns
Remember that regular cleanings and examinations are the key to long term oral health!
If the above reasons are not enough to convince you, then consider these additional very good reasons to come to our office on a regular basis:
The gums, bone, and structure surrounding teeth must constantly be monitored for developing signs of disease. Teeth can always be repaired and replaced, but your gums cannot!
Oral Cancer Prevention:
Like other cancers, the earlier it is caught, the more likely doctors are to be able to treat and eliminate oral cancer. We will screen the gums, tissue, throat, tongue, lips, neck, and even face for any signs of danger.
Using specialized instruments, we examine the surface of each individual tooth for possible damage. These tools can discover problems that may not yet be causing the patient any noticeable pain.
Plaque and Tartar Removal:
These harmful substances are what is being removed during each cleaning. Composed of saliva, living bacteria, and food particles, plaque is what inflames the gums, causing irritation. Tartar is plaque that has hardened on the tooth, making it virtually impossible to remove with regular brushing. These toxic substances can quickly lead to serious problems such as periodontal disease.
Due to specific dental health needs, some people need more specialized equipment added to their regular dental routine. Such equipment can include electric toothbrushes, water picks, and specific kinds of mouth washes. We can make recommendations as to which equipment would be beneficial, suggest certain brand names, and provide guidance as to how and how often the equipment should be used.
As we age, check-ups become even more crucial. The teeth, bones, and gums all become weaker with age, making them more susceptible to disease and corrosion from harmful products in our diets. Diagnostic X-rays can offer valuable insights into bone-loss, decay, or even cysts and tumors.
At Just Smiles, we reserve time specifically for you. We also do everything in our power to get you in and out of your appointment on time. For that, we need your help! Please let us know what time of day works best for you, and holds the least chance of something coming up that would interrupt your treatment. Be safe and keep smiling! We hope to see you soon.