Dental cleanings and consultations play a crucial role in maintaining your oral health. Several dental issues could be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment. The likelihood of developing tooth decay and gum disease is significantly reduced. Professional dental cleanings help remove the accumulated plaque, which cannot be removed by conventional brushing and flossing.
When you maintain regular dental appointments, you can avoid decay and gum disease, as well as identify any problems before they become severe. A dentist can quickly detect potential problems and take the necessary corrective measures. Here are some of what you can expect during your regular dental cleanings and consultation:
Dental X-rays are of two types, intraoral or extraoral. Intraoral X-rays are images of the mouth’s insides and assess the teeth and bone under the gums. They help identify structural abnormalities, impacted wisdom teeth, uneven bite, and possible tooth decay.
Extraoral x-rays, or those taken outside of the mouth, focus on the anatomy and function of the jaw. They produce images of your jaw and how it connects to your skull rather than the teeth.
The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. During this examination, your teeth will be scrutinized for signs of decay, tooth sensitivity, or wear. Your gum pockets will be checked for signs of gum disease or recession. For proper alignment, your bite will be reviewed. Lastly, your jaw will be evaluated to make sure it is functioning correctly.
During a dental consultation, your dentist will talk to you about your oral and overall health. They will analyze your dental x-rays and discuss their findings from the dental exam. Your dentist will suggest further treatments if there is anything they found needs them. Your past medical history and current list of medications will also be discussed, as understanding your overall health will help your dentist provide the appropriate treatment for you.
- Professional Teeth Cleaning
During a professional tooth cleaning, your dentist, with the help of a scaler, removes the excess plaque and tartar off your teeth. This is extremely vital because plaque and tartar contain harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. While plaque can be cleaned off by brushing, tartar can only be removed using a dental scaler. And despite how well you brush your teeth; there will be areas in the mouth that get left out. Regular dental cleanings will help clean these spots and keep your teeth healthy.
Oral cancer is on the rise, and most dentists have begun including oral cancer screenings in their dental exams. Your dentist will evaluate your gums and surrounding soft tissues to screen for cancer.
Call us at Shepherd Dental or Schedule an Online Appointment to know more about our Dental Cleanings & Consultation