Most people know that they should visit their dentist regularly for a routine cleaning and exam; most dentists recommend twice each year. Not only does going to the dentist regularly mean you can stay on top of your oral care, but good dental health can also have a positive effect on your overall health. If you develop gum disease, for instance, you might be more prone to develop serious disease, including some types of cancer, strokes, diabetes, among others.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been to your Rancho Bernardo CA dentist, let’s make a quick review of the elements of a dental cleaning and exam.
Routine Cleaning and Examinations at Your Dentist
Often when you come in to the dentist, you will first have your teeth looked at and cleaned by a dental hygienist. If you are due for annual x-rays, he or she will likely take care of those beforehand. The x-rays will enable your dentist to check for signs of decay and other problems that are not visible to the naked eye.
After the cleaning, you will likely enjoy having teeth that look a bit whiter and brighter. This is because the dental hygienist was probably able to remove some of the superficial stains that might have been causing some discoloration on your teeth. Your teeth will also feel smooth and clean!
Once your teeth are cleaned, the dentist will come in for a thorough examination of your teeth. He or she will check for signs of decay as well as any other issues. If you have an restorative work done, such as crowns or fillings, those will be checked to ensure they are still holding strong. Any issues, such as sensitivity, that you might have noticed should also be brought up at that time.
If your hygienist noticed any issues with your gums, this will also be addressed. Gum disease is a major reason many people lose their teeth, so keeping your teeth and gums clean will help make sure your teeth last a lifetime. Gum disease also contributes to cardiovascular disease, so keeping your gums healthy can actually reduce your risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke.
Oral cancer is a serious problem among Americans, and your visit with the dentist will include a screening. Early detection means treatment is likely to be more successful.
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Get the most out of your next routine exam and cleaning by visiting your Rancho Bernardo dentist. Call us for an appointment today!