Why Are Routine Dental Exams So Important?
By J. Brent Gorrell on October 15, 2014
Patients who visit the dentist every six months and receive regular dental care increase their chances of having healthy teeth that last a lifetime. This alone is a great reason to schedule routine dental exams with your dentist. At the Mountain View dental practice of Dr. J. Brent Gorrell, we offer stress-free general dentistry services, including dental exams and professional cleanings. Schedule your next dental exam today, and read on to learn what to expect and the benefits of dental exams.
What to Expect at a Routine Dental Exam
During your dental exam, you can expect the following:
- Dental X-rays: We offer digital X-rays, a technology that results in 90 percent less radiation exposure for the patient. These X-rays can then be viewed on a computer screen. Dr. Gorrell will view the X-ray images with the patient, and identify and point out any dental problems, if they are found.
- A visual exam: Dr. Gorrell will also perform a visual exam of the teeth and gums, This may include the use of a dental tool to probe the biting surface of the teeth and check for cavities; the measurement of gum pockets; and the use of an intraoral camera to indentify areas of decay or tooth fractures. Dr. Gorrell will also look for signs of oral cancer and other oral health problems.
- A professional teeth cleaning: A dental hygienist will thoroughly clean the teeth, removing plaque and calculus along the gum line, between the teeth, and the surfaces of the teeth. Once all signs of plaque and tartar have been removed, the teeth will be flossed and polished.
- Dental recommendations: At the end of the exam, Dr. Gorrell will let you know if dental problems were found, along with effective treatment options. If no dental problems are found, he may offer some preventative dentistry tips so the patient can keep the teeth and gums healthy in between dental visits.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Exams
Undergoing routine dental exams and professional cleanings offer a number of benefits to patients, including:
- A decreased risk of tooth decay
- A decreased risk of tooth and gum erosion
- A decreased risk of gingivitis or gum disease
- A decreased risk of tooth loss
- Fresher breath
- If dental problems are found, restorative dentistry treatment can be performed to improve tooth and gum health
- Improved overall health
Maintenance in Between Dental Exams
In between dental exams, it is important that patients maintain the health of the teeth and gums. To reduce plaque and maintain fresh breath, patients should brush their teeth at least two times a day, once in the morning and once at night before bed. After meals and snacks, patients should rinse the mouth out with water to wash away food particles and reduce acidity. In addition, patients should floss the teeth once a day.
With maintenance at home and routine dental exams, patients can keep the teeth and gums healthy. To schedule your next dental appointment, contact the dental practice of Dr. J. Brent Gorrell today.
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