When it comes to dental checkups, the short answer is yes, you do need them twice a year. There are good reasons for keeping regular checkups with your dentist. Regular checkups mean that your oral health can be monitored very closely, and more than likely, potential problems and disease can be detected as early as possible. Early detection means that preventive and conservative treatments can help you safeguard your wellbeing while also avoiding costly or invasive restorative procedures.
What does a checkup entail?
Dental checkups are actually quite thorough – often to the surprise of many people. While you relax in a comfortable examination chair, your dentist is utilizing his or her training and education along with diagnostic tools to evaluate the health of the entire oral cavity. An examination can reveal everything from periodontal (gum) disease and cavities to more problematic issues like bone deterioration and oral cancer. Even the glands in your neck are physically examined. When it comes to potential oral cancer, a dental checkup can save your life.
Do I need dental cleanings, too?
Yes, dental cleanings are an integral part of protecting your oral health. Even if you think you brush and floss properly, food and plaque are still left behind. Within a couple days, plaque will harden into tartar, which must be removed by scaling tools. Since flossing and brushing cannot remove tartar, a dental cleaning is necessary to keep gums healthy and the hard to reach areas between teeth clean.
What happens if a cavity is found?
If our team finds signs of tooth decay, we will recommend a restoration. Normally, early stages of decay are addressed with restorations called fillings. A filling will stop the cavity from deepening and protect damaged tooth structure from future disease and breakage. Receiving a filling is minimally invasive and composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings are undetectable to others. For more extensive decay, an onlay or dental crown might be necessary.
Call Fresh Leaf Dental at 714-838-8050 today to schedule a cleaning and checkup with our experienced staff.