Why Dental Checkups Are Essential
- Posted on: Oct 5 2020
Regular visits to your dentists at Clocktower Dental are essential for the health of your teeth and gums. During your visit, your dentist will check your teeth for tooth decay and so much more. Your gums will be looked at and evaluated for gum disease, your tongue and throat will be examined as well as your head and neck. You will be examined for anything out of the ordinary and your mouth will be checked for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiency. Your face, dental bite, saliva, and the movement of your jaw will also be examined.
Attention will be paid to the buildup of plaque and tartar, which is a good indicator of your level of oral hygiene. If left unchecked, the plaque on your teeth can harden and irritate your gum tissue and if not treated can lead to gum disease. After cleaning your teeth, your dentist and dental hygienist will emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene between visits to our office.
Your dental checkup will include X-rays, as needed, as well as a thorough examination of your head and neck.
What is the value of regular dental checkups?
- Regular dental checkups help keep plaque and tartar under control and help prevent cavities and tooth decay
- Routine dental checkups control and prevent gum disease
- Regular checkups help in the detection of oral cancer
- Regular checkups can detect systemic health issues
After a physical examination of your head, neck, and mouth, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth and remove any plaque and tartar. Your teeth will be polished and flossed and, if need be, recommendations will be made with regard to your brushing and flossing techniques.
Why should I go to the dentist every six months?
A regular six-month dental checkup is a very important appointment to keep in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. It is an opportunity for your dentists at Clocktower Dental to diagnose and treat conditions that affect you and your health while in its early stages. Even patients who diligently brush and floss may have small areas in their mouth that can be missed. When tartar buildup causes a gum infection, known as gingivitis, the tissue that attaches the gums to your teeth breaks down. Regular professional cleanings can catch and address gingivitis before it gets out of control. Cavities rarely give warning signs so regular cleanings can take care of the plaque and tartar that cause cavities before it causes further damage. The dental X-rays we take allow us to see beneath the surface of your mouth and show us if you have teeth that are impacted if there is bone decay, cysts, or tumors, or any other major oral issue you may be experiencing.
The dentists at Clocktower Dental know that issues can develop and progress very rapidly and without notice. Regular dental cleaning and checkup helps us ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, lets us check for abnormalities, and make sure that your bones are strong.
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