It is essential to visit the dentist at least twice yearly for a regular checkup and cleaning. This is because teeth cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup from areas of your teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush, such as in between teeth and along the gum line. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so these regular appointments are vital in preventing more serious dental issues in the future. During a check-up at Dr. Nashed's office, our dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to check for any signs of tooth decay, cavities, or other problems that might arise. During your cleaning appointment, our dentist will use specialized tools to clean each surface of your teeth, including the hard-to-reach areas you may need help to reach on your own. This will help prevent future oral health problems.
Importance of Regular Checkups
Early Detection of Oral Health Issues
During a regular check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs of dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, or oral cancer. Early detection allows for timely treatment, preventing the progression of dental issues and potentially saving you from more extensive and costly procedures in the future.
Prevention of Dental Problems
Regular check-ups help prevent dental problems from developing in the first place. During these appointments, your dentist will assess your oral health, identify risk factors, and provide preventive measures to maintain optimal oral hygiene. This may include professional teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and personalized oral hygiene instructions. Preventative action can reduce the likelihood of developing dental issues and maintain a healthy smile.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is a common oral health issue that can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and tooth loss if left untreated. Regular check-ups allow your dentist to assess the health of your gums and detect signs of gum disease early. Timely intervention can help manage and treat gum disease, preserving oral health.
The Procedure for a Regular Dental Check-up
The dentist will visually examine your mouth, teeth, and gums. They will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, or any other oral health issues. They may use a dental mirror and other specialized tools to view all areas in your mouth better.
After the examination, the dental hygienist will perform a professional teeth cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis. This involves removing plaque, tartar, and stains from the surfaces of your teeth using specialized instruments. They will also clean along and below the gum line to prevent gum disease. The dentist or dental hygienist will evaluate the health of your gums by measuring the depth of the spaces between your gums and teeth using a periodontal probe. This helps assess the presence of gum disease or any signs of inflammation and infection.
By attending regular check-ups, you can stay proactive about your oral health, address any developing issues early on, and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. For the best dental care, visit Dr. Nashed's office, Arcadia Location at 45 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006, or Long Beach Location at 4200 E Pacific Coast Highway Suite 100, CA 90804. You may also call the Arcadia location at (626) 294-9119 or Long Beach location at (562) 498-5788.