Receiving dental checkups and regular cleanings are vital to enjoying great oral health and preventing very damaging oral conditions. Many people mistakenly believe that if they eat healthy, avoid sugar, and practice good oral hygiene, that visits to the dentist aren’t necessary unless they feel pain, discomfort, or notice changes. The problem with this thinking is the fact that most oral health conditions begin without noticeable symptoms and most of the time, are not detectable by patients.
Receiving professional cleanings and checkups is incredibly beneficial to our patients. Regular care means that our team can detect potential problems as early as possible and it can even mean that treatment (if necessary) is likely more conservative and cost-effective.
The Importance of a Dental Checkup
Oral examinations are very comprehensive. During checkups, our dentist will take a close look at the health of the entire mouth including the jaws, gums, soft oral tissues, and the glands of the neck with both a physical examination and with the help of diagnostic technology such as intra-oral cameras and X-rays. A checkup can reveal abnormalities and conditions such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, infected root canals, bone deterioration, and infections like abscesses. The physical part of the checkup will also involve checking glands in the neck for inflammation as well as screening for oral cancer, which can occur anywhere inside the mouth.
How Dental Cleanings Benefit Patients
In addition to checkups, cleanings are very important to maintaining good oral health. Cleanings remove tartar accumulation along the gum line and just underneath the gums. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it can’t be removed by flossing or brushing. During a cleaning, our dental hygienists must gently scrape it away with professional tools. Cleanings help stimulate gum tissue, too, and provide a deep clean for the entire mouth.
During cleanings, our team will look for signs of periodontal disease and any problems caused by inadequate or improper oral hygiene practices.
To schedule a cleaning or checkup, call our friendly practice at any of our convenient locations today.