Taking care of one’s oral health is an extremely important aspect of maintaining one’s overall health. Part of maintaining a healthy mouth is to attend all annual dental checkups. Those who do not have tooth pain or tooth loss may not believe that annual dental checkups are necessary, especially if they’re also not experiencing any other symptoms. However, there are plenty of reasons why utilizing preventative care services offered at dental offices is essential to ensure the longevity of oral health.
Most dental offices offer preventative care services to keep patients’ mouths healthy in between dental visits. Preventative care services include X-rays, regular exams, and deep cleanings.
One of the first things dental professionals do at the beginning of visits is to check the state of the teeth and gums. X-rays are used to check for potential oral issues, such as cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth. Even if a patient has no symptoms, X-rays will show signs of potentially developing issues, which will allow dentists to provide treatment options to prevent the problems from worsening.
Regular exams are necessary because dental professionals usually check for any asymptomatic issues. The checkup also consists of inspection of cavities or signs of tooth decay. They also check the teeth and gums for issues like gingivitis or periodontal disease. After conducting a thorough examination, dentists will perform a cleaning to get rid of any plaque and bacteria that patients have been unable to reach with a toothbrush or floss. If individuals suffer from calculus, dental professionals use a special tool to scrape the hardened tartar from between the teeth. If calculus is left untreated, the bacteria will continue to eat at the gums and possibly lead to gum disease. Once that process is completed, the teeth are polished and rinsed of any leftover tartar or plaque. The overall process takes about 45 minutes, depending on each patient’s needs. Dentists often advise their patients to return every six months for a regular checkup to make sure no other issues arise.
Deep cleanings are necessary when regular cleanings are insufficient enough to remove all of the bacteria from the teeth and gums. Deep cleanings prevent damage to the bone structure and eliminate the chances of tooth loss. For those who suffer from deep periodontal pockets and gum disease, deep cleaning will help treat these issues because they include scaling and root planing. Deep cleanings often require two separate visits to complete the procedure, and then an additional follow-up visit a few weeks later to make sure the gums and teeth improved and are healthier.
At McBride Dental, we offer various preventative care services to keep our patients’ mouths healthy and help them experience the smile of their dreams. We offer X-rays, dental exams, deep cleanings, and more depending on what our patients need. For those who are also interested in cosmetic dentistry after receiving preventative care, we offer teeth whitening services and more. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call us now at 760-471-1003.