Get Familiar with your Dental Check-up

oral-screeningDental check-ups are invaluable to the life of your smile. It may seem as though we focus on a few key points during our examination of your mouth, but more goes into a standard dental check-up than you may think.

Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a concerning condition not because it is intrinsically dangerous but more so because, historically, the disease is not detected early enough to procure the most advantageous outcome. When oral cancer is detected in initial stages, treatment can be conducted to remove existing lesions and keep the cancer from spreading.

Guarding General Health through Dentistry
Evidence of the oral systemic link continues to be presented through research studies. When you maintain routine dental examinations and cleanings, what you are really doing is protecting your entire body. The plaque that sticks to your teeth and gums harbors unhealthy bacteria. These are living organisms that can gain entry to other parts of the body through the lungs, digestive tract, and blood. Certain types of bacteria that exist in the mouth have also been found in the heart and other organs of patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

The Issue of your Breath
If you are like most other people, you probably feel a little more conscious of your breath before dental visits. In addition to brushing and flossing, you may use an oral rinse or pop in a mint on the way to your appointment. On one hand, you certainly don’t want to indulge in spicy, garlicky food right before seeing the dentist, but there is value in your natural breath odor! It clues us in to potential issues with hygiene or your general oral health.

Why the Toothbrush?
Children who visit the dentist often get to choose a small trinket from a treasure box. Adults are given a toothbrush. It’s like the saying seen in T-shirts after vacation, “My brother went to Hawaii and all I got was this T-shirt.” Well, getting a toothbrush from your dentist is more than a display of pleasantries, it is a gift for good health. Toothbrushes should be changed every few months. Many people lose track of time or simply forget this, but the dentist doesn’t.

Make sure your smile is becoming to you. Come to our office for friendly, personable care.

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