Why go to the dentist every six months?
Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.
What goes on during a regular visit?
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist and hygienist will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary), and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJ). Your dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of a film of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth, called plaque. This type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is an easily treatable type of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to advanced periodontal disease, which is more serious and can eventually lead to the loss of teeth.
What is dental scaling and root planing?
Dental scaling and root planing is the most common non-surgical treatment to remove bacteria from your gums and treat your gum disease. If your gum disease is moderate to severe, your dentist may recommend dental scaling and root planing to treat the disease and keep it from getting worse.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is commonly referred to as a cavity. Caused by bacteria, a cavity is infected, soft tooth structure. One of the most important points about tooth decay is that you don’t always recognize it when it’s in the early stages. This is exactly why it’s important to see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for a thorough cleaning and oral exam. In addition, following a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily brushing and daily flossing will prevent aggressive tooth decay.
Can I get major work done right away?
Our first priority is to diagnose and treat any urgent conditions that pose an immediate threat to your oral health. Our next priority is prevention, which means controlling the disease process, promoting wellness, and helping you maintain good overall oral health. This is important to make sure that any major restorative work is successful in the long term.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday.
How do I make my diet safe for my teeth?
Make sure you have a balanced diet, including one serving each of fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat fish and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your teeth from decay. You can also ask your dentist to help you select foods that help protect you and your family’s teeth.
How safe are dental X-rays?
When you walk outside in the sun for up to two hours, the exposure is more than a full mouth X-ray series. Dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which the patient is exposed. Lead aprons and digital X-rays are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
Everyone should go to the dentist regularly, and then the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for the patient. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give you a lifetime of healthy habits.
What does my dental insurance cover?
Dental health insurance plans vary widely. You should know how your plan is designed, since this can significantly affect the plan’s coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. It is designed to pay a portion of the costs associated with dental care. Dental insurance is not required at Beacon Dental, and we make every effort to fit a treatment plan to each patient’s budget.
Why whiten my teeth?
Many people have naturally darker, stained, or unevenly colored teeth. Whitening can address each of these issues. A patient getting restorations on front-facing teeth, such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bonding are excellent candidates to achieve an esthetically pleasing appearance. Other reasons may include boosting your confidence and self-esteem, a younger appearance, or improving your appearance for special events, such as a wedding, job interview or class reunion.
Will you give me your diagnosis and treatment plan in writing?
Yes. The doctor, hygienist and treatment coordinator will work together with you to answer any questions you may have in reference to your treatment plan, the time involved, and the cost.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a thin composite coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Does the dentist follow OSHA?
The answer is an unequivocal “Yes!” That means wearing new gloves and mask for each patient, as well as sterilized instruments and all necessary protective covers.
What can you do to improve my dental health?
Your dentist can give you a general exam for the mouth area, which includes looking for any lumps or bumps that don’t belong; gauging bone density (especially if osteoporosis is a concern), or checking for inadvertent teeth grinding. They can make sure everything is functioning properly, and if it isn’t, can begin the discussion on treatment options. Your dentist can help you optimize the health of your mouth. But remember, your dentist is not a mind reader. In order to provide you with the latest in oral care, they need to know about any problems you’re experiencing. Dentists can give you this customized information. They can advise you on how to regain your systemic dental health and then maintain it.
What can I do to improve my dental health?
- See your dentist regularly
- Complete each treatment plan
- Follow the home care instructions from your dentist and hygienist
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Everyone’s mouth is different, and you might need to do more than the general guidelines of brushing after meals and flossing daily. Your dental condition changes with age. Regular visits to the dentist will allow you to know the status of your dental health and provide your doctor with the opportunity to prevent additional problems from becoming a health concern.
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