Dentistry is intended to be primarily a preventive practice. One of the main parts of this practice is your dental cleanings and exams. While you may be tempted to skip your bi-annual visit to your dentist’s office, this could prove disastrous to your oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings provide you with a number of benefits, including important screenings and preventive care.
Dental Exam Procedure
During your dental cleaning, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. They may take x-rays for comparison, and will look for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis. You will also receive a full oral cancer screening, where your dentist will check your soft palate, the sides and front of your tongue, and the floor of your mouth.
While oral cancer is one of the less-heard of forms of the disease, close to 42,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Early detection and treatment is key, which is why it’s so important you keep your regularly scheduled visits.
Benefits of Dental Cleanings
Of course, the main purpose of the dental cleaning itself is to remove the natural buildup of plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing can’t get rid of. This buildup provides a breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, leading to a variety of serious dental problems. In addition, the bacteria from your mouth can move into the rest of your body, leading to a number of other health problems. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to serious health exams such as heart disease and even stroke. In addition to the regular cleaning, we help to further protect your teeth at your visit by providing you with an application of fluoride. This will make your teeth resistant to the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
Schedule Your Dental Exam Today!
If you’re due for your bi-annual exam and haven’t scheduled it yet, or if you’ve been putting it off for any reason, call Stonebridge Dental today at 972-547-0554 to make an appointment. Our friendly and professional staff is ready to help you keep your smile looking bright and healthy.
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