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Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings: Why They Are Important

By drfrey on January 13, 2015


A patient undergoing a dental examAt The Smile Center, we believe that good dental care is rooted in an understanding of the fundamentals. That means providing comprehensive general dentistry services that are aimed at improving your total wellness. At the heart of this is routine dental checkups, which can go a long way toward maintaining your smile.

Routine Dental Visits Should Not Be Taken for Granted

Regular visits to your dentist take place every six months. This may not seem like much, but you'd be surprised just how much a single visit to you dentist can make a major difference when it comes to your overall health and wellness. Your dentist is able to perform certain services that you cannot possibly provide for yourself at home, and all of them are intended to enhance the overall beauty and wellness of your smile.

Dental X-rays Are Crucial for Great Dental Health

During your visit with a dentist, you will likely undergo dental x-rays. These x-rays are key to ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible. The digital x-rays will provide a close analysis of the inner structures of your teeth, gums, jawbone, and jaw joint.

Professional Cleanings Get the Hard-to-Reach Places

Professional cleanings at your dental visit will allow your dentist and a dental hygienist to get those had-to-reach places of your mouth. This includes the corners of the rear molars and the very backs of your teeth in general. Scraping may be done to remove plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth as well.

Careful Examination of the Teeth, Gums, and Lips

Once your teeth are fully cleaned, your dentist will check your teeth and gums closely to ensure that they are healthy and look all right. For the teeth, your dentist will note chips, cracks, discoloration, and other signs of potential damage. For the gums and lips and other soft tissues of the mouth, your dentist will note any lesions or sores that may be the sign of a more severe dental health or general wellness matter.

Discussing Your Dental Care Concerns in Greater Detail

When you meet with your dentist in person, you will be able to discuss dental health matters that may not be readily apparent from x-rays or a close check of your teeth and gums. This includes grinding or clicking of the jaw, toothaches or gum pain, chronic bad breath, or persistent dry mouth. Be sure to bring up any matters that trouble you with your dentist. By having an open dialogue, you not only make your treatment more enjoyable but you can have minor problems identified and treated before they become more serious down the road.

Covering Your Future Dental Treatment Needs

If you require additional dental work of some kind, it can be discussed in greater detail during your dental visit. This goes for advanced dental therapies and oral surgeries or dental restoration treatments. By planning ahead, you can have a better grasp about what your treatment will entail and how your dental wellness will be improved.

Schedule a Consultation at The Smile Center

For more information about getting the dental care you need to have a beautiful and healthy smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at The Smile Center looks forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest smile possible.

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