You’ve been busy and missed the last few dental appointments. What does this mean for your oral health? Your dentist is here to explain what your smile is missing out on when you miss your checkup visits.
Get the Most Out of Your Dental Visits
The Oral Exam
Dental checkups are primarily necessary so your dentist will have the opportunity to evaluate your mouth for dental issues.
Your dentist scans your mouth to see if any tooth enamel has softened or eroded. Since they have been trained to identify even the smallest hints of tooth decay, they will look for darkened spots or more hidden signs of tooth decay.
Your dentist will gently measure the pockets around your teeth. This helps to evaluate the health of your gums and supporting jawbone to determine if you have or are on your way to developing gum disease.
Your dentist can prevent you from experiencing many problems from just evaluating your bite. Your dentist should be able to spot irregularities that could compromise your dental health such as TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding).
Oral Cancer Screening
Your dentist is sure to examine your head, neck, lips, and oral tissues, including all surfaces of the tongue, for any abnormalities during your dental exam. This can dramatically increase your chances of surviving oral cancer if there are symptoms spotted in the preliminary stages.
The Deep Dental Cleaning
Another key part of your dental appointment is your professional cleaning. Your dentist will use special instruments to scale off any hardened plaque called tartar (the only way to remove harmful tartar). Then, your dentist will systematically polish each tooth in your smile. This helps dramatically reduce the chances of dental problems in the future.
While you’re at your appointment, don’t forget to ask your dentist about:
After a dental cleaning, fluoride treatments can help adults that are high-risk patients for dental decay such as tobacco users with strengthening their tooth enamel.
Since we chew mostly with our back teeth, your molars are more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. There are lots of things that get left behind in the crevices of your back teeth: food and bacterial debris. Your dentist can simply apply a dental sealant to your back teeth to protect them from dental issues.
Your dentist is your best resource when it comes to your oral health. Feel free to ask for help anytime!
About Our Office
When was your last dental appointment? Here at Lakefront Dental, we don’t mind if it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist. What matters to us most is meeting you and helping you reach your optimal oral health from the minute you choose us to be your dental home. If you would like to speak to one of our dentists for well-rounded dental advice, feel free to give our office a call!