The importance of regular dental exams and benefits
Are your dental health habits excellent? Do you brush twice each day, floss at least once, and maintain optimal nutrition for your dental health? Do you do these things and wonder if you really need to visit the dentist twice each year?
Mississauga, Ontario dentist Dr. Rina Kotecha of Dentistry On 10 urges her patients not to cancel or reschedule their bi-annual checkups. These appointments are a critical part of the oral heath process. Not only do patients receive a professional dental cleaning, but the exam allows the dentist to spot any problem areas early – when treatment is typically much easier.
What to expect during a dental check exam
Your dental checkup will include several crucial areas.
- Professional cleaning – Even if you have the best at-home oral health care habits, you still don’t have professional tools. Further, you may be unknowingly missing areas of the mouth that are simply too hard to reach. Our trained hygienists will clean your teeth and make sure that any areas of plaque are removed. That will leave your smile feeling smooth and clean and prevent future tooth decay or gum disease.
- X-Rays – Tooth decay can be hard to detect, even by trained professionals. However, on x-ray films, dentists can spot areas of the enamel that are weak or damaged. That helps us address those areas before you experience pain or discomfort.
- Exam – the dentist will examine your mouth, and x-rays looking for any areas of concern. That will include decay or damage to the enamel, signs of gum recession which can be an indicator of gum disease, and sores or ulcers. In addition to detecting anything that might be amiss, this exam will help validate whether your at-home habits are effective. It’s essential to raise any concerns or discomfort that you’ve been experiencing to your dental team.
Don’t put off your dental exam
We know our patients are busy. However, your dental health should be a priority. Even if you’re not experiencing a problem, these visits are vital. Tooth decay and gum disease can be silent, but if detected early, treatment can be much easier than if you wait for a toothache or gum sensitivity to alert you to a problem.
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