Cleanings and Exams
Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. Oral health problems such as gum infections and periodontal disease are related to heart disease, stroke and preterm and even low birth weight. Having dental exams and cleanings twice a year can prevent these and many other health problems.
How Do I Know If I Need It?
Some of the most important reasons to have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis are:
What Can Happen If I Don't Get It Fixed?
Having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems later on, such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Having checkups and cleanings twice a year can prevent these problems from happening in the future.
What Are My Options, If Any?
While most of these options are expected during a dental exam, it is recommended to let your dentist know of any ailments or worries that may require additional testing. During a dental exam, the dentist will:
What Does The Procedure Look Like?
You will meet with your dentist to talk about your medical history. You can share any oral health worries or fears that you have at this time. Next, your dentist will likely examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, and take x-rays.
This initial comprehensive exam is a no-risk way to learn the status of your oral health. Each new patient relationship often starts with an initial exam so our dental team can understand your needs and concerns before tailoring a hygiene treatment for you. This way, you’ll get the most out of your cleaning appointments.
Your dentist will discuss the comprehensive dental treatment plan they customized specifically for you. While your dentist will provide the expert guidance you deserve, you can ask any questions that you feel is necessary, and you always have the final say in your treatment.
Your treatment plan is designed to reduce the risk of larger and more expensive dental issues in the future, so it will address the problems that are bothering you now and may also identify any issues that could impact your long-term oral health.
What Is The Recovery Time?
Recovery time is generally not necessary; however, any numbing of the mouth used for more comprehensive examination or procedures will take a couple of hours to wear off.
Am I A Candidate?
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have them perform a full hygiene treatment on your gums and teeth. Schedule an appointment at (312) 757-6434 today!