Most people don’t look under the hood of their car until they have a reason to, which usually means they can see smoke or hear a funny noise. Oftentimes, this results in a costly repair that could have been easily avoided if the vehicle was routinely checked and maintained. Much like your car, many people don’t consider the condition of their teeth and gums until they start to notice trouble.
Regular dental visits are an absolutely essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. They are especially important if you notice any changes the look or feel of your mouth. Are you seeing more red than usual in the sink after flossing? Do you suddenly have difficulty drinking hot or cold liquids? Do your gums looks puffy or swollen? Making your dentist aware of any changes at each check-up can help address minor issues before they become major problems.
Much of your dental check-up will be spending time with a dental hygienist to get a thorough cleaning of your teeth. He or she will begin by gently scraping tarter from your teeth and finish with a deep polishing and flossing. As they scrape, they’ll also use special instruments to check the condition of each tooth. Your hygienist will also examine your mouth for any indication of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. If needed, they may also perform an x-ray of your mouth to get a deep look at the tooth, bone, and supporting tissues of your mouth.
After your cleaning, your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums, including identifying any areas of decay that could eventually lead to cavities and checking your bite. Some dentists will even check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes for swelling or anything out of the ordinary, and they will be able to make the appropriate recommendations for a medical professional.
Regular dental check-ups are about more than maintain a white smile. By getting dental check-ups twice a year, you’re ensuring that your teeth and gums stay as health as possible, both inside and out!