How long has it been since you’ve seen a dentist for a good old-fashioned checkup? When was the last time you treated your pearly whites to a professional cleaning? If it has been more than six months, you’re putting your oral health at risk. By not attending these regular dental visits, you’re keeping your smile from being as clean and healthy as it could be. Research has shown that biannual visits with your dentist can keep not just your oral health, but your overall health in excellent condition for life. If it has been too long since your last appointment and you live in the Garland, TX area, feel free to give us a call to schedule your next checkup and cleaning today!
There are two parts to every regular dental appointment: the checkup and the cleaning. During the checkup portion, one of our dentists will thoroughly examine your oral cavity for any problem areas, such as those affected by gum disease, tooth decay, or even oral cancer. Our trained eyes can catch issues like these long before you can. We’ll also take x-rays to diagnose potential problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye, such as cavities in between the teeth. After our examination is complete, we’ll discuss our findings with you and develop a comprehensive, customized treatment plan to meet your needs. Then, we’ll hand you over to one of our dental hygienists to complete the cleaning part of your appointment.
While your toothbrush and floss can get rid of plaque at home, once plaque hardens into tartar, it’s unable to be removed by anything besides our hygienists’ special tools. These tools can also clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that you may have missed while performing your oral hygiene regimen. After your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, we’ll polish them to remove surface stains and make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to stick to them in the neat future. We can also apply a topical fluoride varnish to provide a little extra boost of protection against tooth decay.
Plaque and tartar are constantly forming in your mouth. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing at home isn’t enough to get rid of them and keep your smile clean and healthy. This is because you can miss a lot of areas at home, especially the nooks and crannies of your molars, which makes it easier for cavities to develop.
Gum disease is also an issue you have to worry about, especially if you don’t floss every day. Bacteria in plaque and tartar can attack the structures that keep your teeth firmly attached to your gums, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out! In addition, untreated gum disease has been linked to other health problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and birth complications in pregnant women. Regular appointments allow us to clean out plaque and tartar and detect issues like gum disease before they become a serious problem.
Your mouth isn’t an isolated area—it’s an integral part of the body. As a result, when harmful bacteria thrive in the mouth, it’s bound to cause trouble elsewhere. In fact, many studies have found a strong link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease as well as clear connections to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and kidney diseases. By taking care of your teeth and gums, you reduce your risk of these other serious conditions.
In addition to the medical issues that can arise or worsen in part because of poor oral health, your overall wellness can suffer as well. When you have a hurting tooth or feel self-conscious about your teeth, you’re much less likely to smile, which is unfortunate because smiling has many health benefits. In fact, researchers have found that smiling can actually help you feel happier. Other benefits include more confidence and self-esteem, a more positive outlook, and improved social and professional relationships.
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