The Benefits of Teeth Cleaning and Oral Exams!

The American Dental Association ongoing recommendation is for people see their dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and a routine oral exam. A dental checkup can be preventative and protect your smile by catching oral health dental issues before they become a problematic.

Depending on your oral health your dentist may recommend getting your teeth checked more often so you can maintain healthy teeth. In this blog, we will go over five ways your mouth and teeth can benefit from regular dental checkups.

Remove Dental Plaque and Tartar

Even with proper brushing and flossing, there can still be plaque hidden along the gum line or between teeth. The good news is that a dental hygienist can remove plaque, even hidden plaque, as well as tartar which can help prevent cavities and gum disease. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional, which is why it’s very important to schedule teeth cleaning every six months.

Treat Cavities Sooner

If a cavity is treated before it starts causing pain, there’s a good chance you won't need extensive treatment. Regular checkups can identify cavities and other dental conditions before they cause troubling symptoms and lead to more-serious problems. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing the earliest stages of tooth decay and preventing its progression.

During your appointment dental x-rays will be taken, and if you have a cavity or cavaties, your dentist will be able to tell you which of the three types of cavities you have — smooth surface, pit and fissure, or roota dental.

If you have a toothache, it’s very important to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist. Dr. Guerra takes emergency and walk-in patients from North Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and surrounding areas. A painful tooth could be a sign of a cavity or gum infection. Left untreated, the infection from a cavity can even enter the bloodstream.

Protect Overall Health

Did you know that Dr. Guerra is able to detect the beginning signs of diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions? How is that possible you may ask? This is because the health of your mouth and teeth are connected to your overall health. For example, diabetes can lower your body’s resistance to infection, which raises your risk for gum disease like periodontitis or gingivitis.

Your dentist is also able to detect the early signs of oral cancer before it spreads to the rest of your body. Your survival rate for oral cancer increases when your dentist does routine oral cancer screenings.

Caring for Aging Teeth

You should never stop taking care of your teeth and using any all preventative measures to ensure your teeth are always healthy. Your family dentist can help you care for your teeth while you age. Many people are able to keep their original teeth by seeing their dentist every six months for an oral exam and teeth cleaning.

It is not uncommon for the nerves in our teeth to shrink as we get older. Unfortunately, this also means that we may not be able to detect the pain from a cavity as quickly as when we were younger. During your appointment, your dentist will take x-rays of your smile so that small cavities can be treated as soon as possible.

To make an appointment please give us a call at 561-844-6146.

Avoid Expensive Dental Treatments

Saving money is always a good thing. Having a cavity filled is less expensive than an emergency root canal or tooth extraction. It’s important not to wait until you are in a lot of pain before seeing the dentist, because at that point it may be too late to save the tooth.

Dr. Adrian Guerra DDS is dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. If you are interested in setting up an appointment for professional teeth cleaning or oral exam, please give us a call at 561-844-6146.