If you don't take regular dental visits, minor problems can worsen. When teeth break or decay, treatment may be more complex and expensive. If you don't regularly clean your teeth, it is also possible to develop a buildup of plaque that eventually turns into tartar. It is a tough and chalky substance that's difficult to get rid of without the specialized tools of dentists.
Professionally performed cleanings can eliminate these deposits, resulting in healthy teeth and a better smile. If untreated for long enough, loose teeth, gum disease, bad breath, and bone loss are common.
Dental exams are routine examinations to ensure your gums and teeth are in good condition. In your appointment, the dentist will look over your gums and teeth for signs of gum disease. The dentist may also choose to use X-rays to assess what's going on beneath the surfaces of your teeth and gums.
Dental hygiene professionals clean your teeth and remove tartar and plaque that flossing and brushing could miss. The hygienist begins cleaning by looking at the surfaces to find out whether you have any dental cavities and evaluate the condition of the existing fillings. The dentist will conduct a periodontal exam to ensure that your gums are firmly attached to your teeth and there is no indication of periodontal diseases or bone loss. Your hygienist then takes care to clean your teeth using different appliances to eliminate any buildup of tartar. The hygienist will brush your teeth, employ polishing materials and then apply fluoride.
Dental cleanings aren't typically painful. But if you would like, your dental hygienist might offer options for sedation to guarantee your peace of mind. When your hygienist detects gum disease or tooth decay, they will inform you about altering your flossing and brushing routines. In extreme cases, they might recommend treatment with antibiotics.
Benefits of Dental Exams and Cleanings
- Verifying decay
- Examining gum disease
- Prevention of tooth loss
- Teeth whitening
- Diagnosing oral cancers
- Dental health and wellness
How Often are Dental Exams and Cleanings Required?
We strongly suggest visiting your dentist every six months for examinations and cleanings. Even when it's been a long time since your last visit, there is no reason to wait. If you are a parent, we recommend that you bring your child to the dentist as soon as the first teeth begin to appear through their gums.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Tulsa, OK, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gerety. Please call us at (918) 493-3031 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.