HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why it’s so important to see us every six months? From oral health maintenance to serious disease prevention, there are a lot of reasons to keep your semi-annual visits on your calendar.
Open Wide And Say “Aahhh”
So what do we look for when we examine your pearly whites? During typical checkups we examine the overall health of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and checking up on the condition of existing dental work. X-rays may also be taken to ensure the health of the roots of your teeth, and to reveal things we cannot see.
Once we examine your mouth and teeth, it’s cleaning time. We do so by:
- Doing an overall cleanliness check
- Removing plaque and tartar
- Polishing your teeth
- Flossing between your teeth
After your teeth are cleaned, we’ll talk about recommendations for keeping your teeth and gums healthy until your next regular visit.
Thinking Outside The Mouth
While a clean and vibrant smile is a definite confidence booster, it can also promote sound overall health. Bacteria from untreated gum disease can spread to other parts of the body and increase the risk of heart disease and other serious conditions.
We can also spot warning signs of other conditions. Things such as vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis and even diabetes can present symptoms in our mouths.
The Best Offense Is A Good Defense
Regular dental visits not only keep our teeth and gums clean but they can help prevent against more serious issues. Here’s a few tips to keep your smile healthy between checkups:
We Care About Your Whole Body Health
Our practice is focused on the latest treatments to create healthy and resilient smiles. In addition to helping your smile look and feel its best, we’re committed to your overall health. We want to make sure you’re as healthy as possible when you visit us!
Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!
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