One of the best preventive measures that any patient can take is to make sure to visit your dentist for your biannual dental exams and cleanings. With consistent visits, your dentist will be able to identify troubling trends and take care of smaller issues before they blossom into something larger.
During dental exams, your dentist will check every area of your mouth: teeth, lips, gums, cheeks, and all other soft tissues. Your dentist will be looking for anything that might need attention, such as cavities in the teeth or signs of gingivitis or gum disease. In addition, your dental exam is also an opportunity for your dentist to check for any abnormalities that could be cancerous. Intervention by dentists in regard to identifying oral cancer in its early stages gives patients a 90% better chance of survival.
A professional dentist teeth cleaning by our skilled dental hygienist is the best way to ensure every inch of your mouth is clean. Even someone with the most stringent of hygiene schedules is unable to remove all plaque and tartar from their teeth. This buildup can cause damage to the teeth such as cavities.
While the normal timeframe of visiting your dentist every six months for a dental exam and cleaning is suitable for many patients, there are some that can greatly benefit from seeing your dentist more frequently. Those with gum disease, a history of cavities or that have a lot of dental work should consider increasing their visits to three times a year.
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