Your daily oral hygiene routine is essential for keeping your mouth healthy, but even regular brushing and flossing won’t always prevent the bacteria in your mouth from causing tooth decay and gum disease. In order to avoid the worst consequences of these conditions, you should see a dentist in Lansdale at least twice a year for preventive checkups and cleanings that can prevent oral health problems from getting worse – or from even occurring at all! Contact Brookwood Dental Associates today to schedule a checkup.
During your checkups, we’ll naturally check for signs of plaque and tartar buildup as well as cavities and gum disease; the earlier they’re caught, the easier they are to correct. However, we can also look for symptoms of other problems. For example, we might find that your teeth are flattened due to nighttime teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), or we might find a red or white patch warning of oral cancer. Digital x-rays can be used to find signs of decay beneath the gumline as well as other issues such as bone loss or a TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Our findings will help us determine your oral health needs, allowing us to devise a treatment plan if necessary. We can also give you advice on how you can brush and floss more effectively at home.
Of course, part of the reason dental visits are so important is the fact that we can perform a thorough cleaning. We’ll begin by scraping any plaque and tartar off your tooth; while you would normally be able to remove plaque on your own, tartar can’t be removed with regular brushing. We’ll be sure to cover the entire area above and below the gum line; we’ll also floss between every tooth to get rid of any remaining food particles. Finally, we’ll polish your tooth to help remove any surface stains or any remaining residue; this also makes it more difficult for plaque to reattach.
If you suffer from cavities or gum disease and don’t get them treated as soon as possible, they can lead to severe problems. Tooth decay will eventually lead to an infection of the pulp, which can lead to inflammation, fever, and sensitivity to temperature; gum disease begins with redness and bleeding in the gums and will eventually cause pocketing. In both cases, the ultimate result could be tooth loss.
Furthermore, oral health issues can affect the rest of your body. Studies have shown that gum disease has been tied with cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, liver cancer, and respiratory illnesses. In order to avoid potentially severe health complications, your regular dental visits are an essential step for prevention as well as early detection and treatment.
If you haven’t seen the dentist in the last 6 months, you’re overdue for an appointment. Call our office today!