Dental exams are surprisingly thorough. If you schedule regular appointments, you greatly increase your chances of detecting disease and potential issues as soon as possible. Having a checkup is easy. While our dentist performs a comfortable physical examination and takes X-rays, you can relax in our plush examination chairs. Following are five things you need to know about dental checkups.
1) Your Dentist Can Tell if You’re Stressed
We all endure stress. And many times, excessive stress will affect our oral health. Stress can lead to worn dentition (tooth wear) since many people tend to grind and clench their teeth as a response to worry, tension, and anxiety. Excess stress also wears down our immune systems, which can make fighting off infections like gum disease and abscesses more difficult.
2) Our Staff Can Tell if You’re Not Brushing and Flossing Properly
Brushing and flossing properly is essential for maintaining good oral health. Inadequate oral hygiene is easily detectable to the trained eye. This is because substances like plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth and gums. These substances contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. If we notice signs that your oral hygiene routine needs improvement, we will give you helpful tips and pointers.
3) We Will Look for Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a devastating oral health condition that can destroy gums, teeth, and bone. When gum disease is detected early, it is curable. Advanced gum disease, however, cannot be cured. It can only be managed with professional treatment. This is why early detection is so important.
4) We Can Catch Decay in its Earliest Stages
Early stage tooth decay may not show noticeable symptoms to you but we can detect it quite early with advanced technology. When decay is detected early, we can preserve as much of your tooth as possible with a conservative restoration like a filling.
5) You Will Receive an Oral Cancer Screening
During checkups, we perform an oral cancer screening. Like other types of cancer, oral cancers can be fatal. With early detection, you can receive timely treatment and greatly increase your chances of securing a good prognosis.
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