Why Do We Need Routine Dental Exams?
As perfect as we may try to be with our daily cleaning routines for our mouth, there are cases when we need to see the dentist.
Sometimes, patients can go for months and even years without seeing a dentist despite the issues they may have. Of course, there are many reasons as to why people may choose to not visit the dentist. Finances are one of many reasons.
So why do we need to see our dentists at least twice a year for routine check-ups?
We check for various things. We can separate the appointment into two parts.
This is when the dentist will check for cavities. You can expect X-rays to be taken if it had been over a year since your last examination. X-rays help identify any issues underneath the gums.
The dentist also takes a look at your gum line for plaques and tartar. If plaques are not addressed, they will harden to form tartar. Both can be harmful to your gums as it can allow bacteria to thrive in this area.
The dentist will measure the depth of your gums using special tools. Healthy gums are indicated by shallow depth. Gum diseases can cause the spaces to become deeper.
The dentist will also check for any unusual swelling or sores for signs of cancer in your mouth and neck area.
While brushing and flossing will clean the majority of the areas of your teeth, tartars cannot be cleaned out without special tools. The dentist or hygienist will perform scaling, the process of removing tartars around your gum line.
Consult your dentist or hygienist on how you can improve your cleaning habits to reduce the amount of tartar being formed in between your visits.
Just as you need to visit your local auto repair shop to keep your car running smoothly, we need to make sure we visit our dentists regularly to ensure we address the issues at hand before they grow into more serious problems.
John Powers DMD – Greenbelt Dentist
Dr. John Powers provides restorative and cosmetic dental care for his patients. Contact Dr. Powers to make an appointment for a general exam (https://johnpowersdmd.com).