Keeping teeth and gums as healthy as possible results in an attractive smile, decreases the chances of the onset of periodontal disease, tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis as well as promotes whole-body health. Those with periodontal disease, for instance, not only experience significant tooth loss, but they’re also at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular conditions. Close attention to oral hygiene combined with regular dental checkups provide the best way to prevent or slow down these conditions. In most cases, dental checkups should be scheduled every six months.
What to Expect From a Dental Checkup
Most oral health care providers begin a routine checkup by asking if you’ve noticed any issues with your teeth or gums. They will then do a thorough inspection designed to identify cavities and other signs of tooth decay. They’ll also check for buildups of tartar and plaque on the surface of your teeth — these buildups are one of the primary culprits in the development of tooth decay.
After carefully checking your teeth, the dentist will then use a specially designed tool to examine your gums. This tool measures the spaces between your gums and teeth — the more space there is, the higher the likelihood that you’re in the initial stages of gum disease. The good news about gum disease is that it’s reversible when detected in the early stages. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a customized care plan if gum disease symptoms are present.
A comprehensive dental checkup also includes checking the tongue, neck, and throat for any abnormality.
The Importance of a Good Professional Teeth Cleaning
The last step in your biannual dental checkup is a good teeth cleaning. This is important because professional teeth cleaning removes an accumulated plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth. Keep in mind that although regular brushing at home helps keep plaque levels low, tartar cannot be removed with a regular toothbrush.
Please feel free to contact us for more information on being proactive about your dental health.