Regular exams are your best bet in maintaining a healthy mouth (and teeth) throughout life. Dental check-ups also allow our team to get more familiar with any unique challenges you may have and help us to monitor those areas. For example, if we notice that your teeth are being worn down over time, this could indicate that you are grinding your teeth at night – which is often related to stress issues and a good night’s rest.
Six-month cleanings help to protect and preserve your oral health – and support your overall well-being.
During your routine dental check-up, you’ll receive a full and thorough cleaning and exam of your teeth, gums, and overall mouth. Remember, your mouth is a window into your overall health, so we look for any troubling areas, and may even ask questions if there are areas of concern. Likewise, if you are experiencing issues such as teeth grinding, snoring, dry mouth, or sleep apnea, this is the time you should readily talk to your dental team. Establishing optimal dental health is a team effort.
During your first dental exam at our office, you can expect to:
- Complete a full medical history
- Complete a thorough oral exam from the hygienist and doctor
- Receive a gentle scaling and polishing of your teeth
- Be screened for oral cancer
- Have intra-oral camera pictures taken
- Get necessary x-rays
- Receive a treatment plan of any work that may be needed
Benefits of routine (2x per year) dental exams and check-ups:
- Helps you to maintain optimal dental health
- Helps with the prevention of gum disease, decay, and loss of teeth
- Prevents bad breath
- Allows your dental team to monitor both your oral and overall health – especially related to issues as diabetes, heart disease, sleeping, and many other conditions that are often linked or related to your oral health.
Healthy habits to maintain throughout your life:
- Brush 2 times a day for at least 2 minutes
- Floss at least 1 time a day
- Schedule your regular check-ups (2x a year)
- Cut back on your sugar intake
- Chew sugarless gum (activates healthy saliva)
- Drink more water and less soda
- Remember to brush your tongue