On Valentine’s Day we celebrate love in all its forms. That means even celebrating self love! Take care of yourself this Valentine’s Day with preventative dentistry. We’ll make sure you’re happy and healthy by checking the teeth and soft tissues of your mouth. Here’s what you can expect from a preventative dental exam.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is taking care of your teeth to keep them healthy before there’s a problem. This helps patients avoid things like cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, and more.
The Preventative Dental Exam
This preventative examination applies to new, existing and even emergency patients. When you come in for this appointment, your hard and soft tissues of the mouth will be looked over by the dentist. The dentist will then record everything they find and diagnose from there. After diagnosis, you will be given a treatment plan to follow. The breakdown of the appointment will be:
Radiography with X-ray is the starting point for diagnosing or screening of a variety of health issues, according to Independent Imaging. This provides the black and white image that health professionals use to diagnose medical problems they wouldn’t be able to see just by looking with a plain eye. Without an x-ray of the teeth and their supporting bone and gum tissues, there would not be a way to detect infection or pathology that requires further medical care.
Oral Cancer Screening
Another part of this dental exam will include the dentist surveying your mouth checking for oral cancer. This oral cancer screening exam will involve your dentist feeling for any lumps or abnormal tissue in your neck, head, face, and oral cavity. When examining your mouth, your dentist will look for any sores or discolored tissue as well as check for any signs and symptoms that could come along with oral cancer.
Oral Hygiene Car
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the, if not the, most important things you can do for your smile. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel more confident, but healthy teeth also allow you to eat and speak properly. Good oral hygiene is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop mouth problems before they begin and get out of hand. In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. The ADA suggests: brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between the teeth with floss, and eating a healthy diet.
We will also help you with a professional cleaning you receive from our dentist or one of our dental hygienists. You can expect most dental cleanings take up to 30 minutes. It’s important that cleanings are done every three to six months to prevent problems like excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. In most cases, a routine dental cleaning will include scaling and polishing to make sure that you leave with your mouth being as clean as it can be.
If you need it, you may also be a candidate for sealants. Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that can’t be sufficiently cleaned by brushing alone. Sometimes, the tooth has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, even though the person might brush everyday. This is due to the fact that they’re too narrow to allow bristles into them. To avoid cavities from happening, the dentist will apply a sealant, which will help seal the grooves and make it easier for you to brush off plaque and keep your mouth sparkling clean.
Why Be Preventative?
The benefits of preventative dentistry far outweigh any negatives you can come up with. When you practice good dental hygiene, you help reduce your risk of health problems. We’re not just talking about cavities or the need for a root canal here, we’re talking about serious problems like Healthline mentions:
- Respiratory disease
- Heart disease
Not developing these health problems is a good perk to beginning preventative dentistry. However, if you’re still not sold, think about how much money you will save. Dental and other health treatments can be pricey, even with insurance. Even if you are preventative and develop problems in the future, they’re likely to not be as sever nor cost as much as it would if you hadn’t taken charge of your dental health.
Stay On Top of Your Dental Health With Niles Family Dentistry
If you’re ready to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day by taking care of your oral health, then come see us! We want to help you stay on top of your dental hygiene. Call us today for an appointment: (720)-744-0001.