What’s the best way to keep your smile healthy? Most Americans know that it’s important to brush and floss your teeth everyday. But many Americans don’t understand the importance of regular dental appointments and dental cleanings.
You visit the dentist for the same reason you brush and floss your teeth – to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth decay and gum disease are the two leading causes of avoidable tooth loss. But do you know what causes both tooth decay and gum disease?
A yellow, sticky film of bacteria made up of microscopic particles of leftover foods and beverages. Plaque is acidic so when it’s on your teeth it can burn holes into the enamel of your teeth. Then when it penetrates your gumline you begin to suffer from gum disease.
In today’s post we’re going to tell you about how routine dental appointments can help eliminate plaque and keep your teeth safe from decay and disease. Then we’ll look at what you can expect during your first dentist appointment and the treatment available to help protect your smile. Let’s get started!
Why Do I Need to Make a Dentist Appointment Every Six Months?
No matter how frequently you brush and floss your teeth, it’s simply impossible to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth. This can lead to both tooth decay and gum disease. While both are certainly threats to your oral health, you may be surprised that gum disease causes more long-term problems like tooth loss than tooth decay.
Gum disease begins relatively painlessly, you may only notice red or swollen gums. Eventually they’ll get tender and begin to bleed when you brush them. Eventually your gums will start to recede from your teeth, causing your teeth to loosen and potentially fall out. Gum disease has been linked to other serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Luckily gum disease is generally reversible in its earliest stages. Regular dental cleanings don’t just lower risk for gum disease, they can reverse the earliest stages of the disease. That makes regular dental cleanings and exams vital to oral health!
What Can I Expect During My First Appointment?
We begin by completing a thorough dental exam with screenings for oral cancer, gum disease, and TMJ disorders. We also use X-rays and an intraoral examination to get detect tooth decay. When we detect tooth decay in its earliest stages it’s far easier and less expensive to correct the problem. While a minor cavity can generally be repaired with a tooth-colored filling, an untreated cavity may become infected and require a root canal or even an extraction to ensure your oral health.
After your dental exam, we’ll perform a professional dental cleaning. A dental cleaning helps painlessly remove plaque from your teeth from the parts of your teeth that you can’t reach on your own. In addition we use ultrasonic tools to remove harden deposits of plaque from your teeth. Then your teeth are polished to perfection so they’ll feel great and be healthy!
Depending on your oral oral health, your family dentist may also recommend additional treatments to prevent tooth decay. One of the most effective treatments is to apply a dental sealant to the chewing surface of your teeth. Dental sealants are a plastic based resin which help prevent cavities on the most vulnerable spots on your teeth. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments applied with either a tray or a varnish to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
Make An Appointment
Do you want to ensure the health of your smile? Then you need to visit the dentist! Even if you’ve never visited a dentist or it’s been many years since your last appointment, we’ll never lecture you about your oral health. Instead we’ll simply help you have a beautiful and healthy smile!
So schedule your routine dental appointment at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, today. Your smile will thank you because it will be happy and healthy. Your wallet will thank you because you’re avoiding the need for more expensive treatments later on. So call our office at 210-819-5233 to schedule your appointment.