Its highly likely that after visiting our practice, you understand the value of a thorough, professional dental cleaning. It’s also likely that you may not fully understand the importance of a complete exam and radiographs.
There are many reasons the exam is an
important part of your oral health routine.
1. Exams allow the doctor to evaluate for
signs of health conditions. Many health conditions present early signs and
symptoms in the mouth, including: Crohn’s, Addison’s, Leukemia, Diabetes,
Lupus, Anemia and many others. Skipping an exam could prevent your dentist from
screening for oral manifestations of systemic disease.
2. According to research, one American
dies every hour from oral cancer. A thorough complete examination can catch
early signs of oral cancer, allowing for early treatment, which can be key to
3. Periodontal disease is the leading
cause of tooth loss and is related to serious systemic health conditions such
as heart disease and stroke, among many others. Evaluating your soft tissue and
bone health allows our team to identify early signs of periodontal disease,
which can allow for prevention and early treatment. This is vital for your oral
and overall health.
4. Radiographs provide valuable insight.
Decay and other oral health issues are often hidden from the human eye.
Radiographs (X-Rays) allow us to find what we could not otherwise see, allowing
for early treatment and less invasive solutions.
Whether it has been 6 months or 6 years since your last appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you and your heath and comfort are our main concerns.
Keeping up optimal oral health takes more than brushing and flossing. Maintaining oral hygiene demands a bit of work, but it is worth it in the long run. Here are four ways you can improve your dental health right now.
- Replace your toothbrush more often. When
was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? A month ago? Six months? Most
people don’t swap out a new brush often enough, which can lead to reduced brush
effectiveness. Change your brush at least every three months. Be sure to switch
after having an infection like the cold or flu to prevent reinfection.
- Lay off the fizzy drinks. The acids
present in soda wear away enamel, weakening your teeth and leaving them
vulnerable to decay. In fact, people who drink three or more glasses of soda
per day experience about 62% more tooth decay than those who choose another
beverage like water.
- Opt for chocolate. Everyone loves a sweet
treat now and then, but did you know that certain candies are better for your
teeth than others? The American Dental Association reports dark chocolate is
the healthiest option, as it is soft and washes off your teeth easier than
other candies. Hard, sticky, and sour goodies should be avoided, because they
can stick to your teeth and even cause chips or cracks if you bite down too hard.
your dentist. Trips to our office should occur at least twice a year—not
just when you have a toothache. We offer preventative care, vital education,
and important cleanings, which are all part of maintaining excellent oral
We are pleased to offer a variety of solutions to keep your smile healthy. We are also able to customize a health plan tailored to your specific needs. Book your appointment today.
At times, life can seem to move quickly.
Between work, school, sports, and social events, it can seem there is little
time left for you and your health. It’s imperative for a healthy mouth and body
to always have your next dental appointment scheduled and to prioritize this
care. Our team will work with you to find the most convenient day and time for
you. If you need to reschedule, we will do our best to accommodate you.
Advanced notice of a change is greatly appreciated, whenever possible. Missed
appointments without notice are harmful to our practice, as we’ve reserved your
appointment time exclusively for you.
Missed dental appointments can lead to
worsened oral and overall health. Whether receiving preventive or restorative
care, if left without professional treatment, plaque and decay will progress
and the state of your oral health will likely decline. Some of our patients are
predisposed to more frequent oral health issues. Many times, these guests
prefer more frequent office visits. Please know this is an option for you as
well. Investing in one extra cleaning each year can often prevent more costly
We know it can be tempting to skip your
dental appointment. Perhaps you’d rather be relaxing at home or you’ve had a
last-minute obligation arise. Please make every effort to prioritize your
healthy smile, as it significantly contributes to your overall health.
Please know we’re here for you. If you have any questions about our care or practice philosophy, don’t hesitate to contact us.