Why Dental Exams and Cleanings Are So Important

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on November 11, 2016

A patient at the dentist's officeThe team at White River Dental believes that the basics are crucial for healthy smiles that last a lifetime. We always stress the importance of regular checkups and general dental care to people in and around Columbus. A little bit of prevention and common sense could mean less need for major restorative dentistry work.

To that, the routine dental checkup is the cornerstone of a healthy smile. So many people take it for granted that we want to explore why regular dental visits are such an important part of having a healthy smile.

Never Take Routine Checkups for Granted

Many people wonder why regular dental visits are so important when brushing and flossing regularly seems to do the trick. Well, the fact of the matter is that dentists and hygienists offer many services at a dental office that simply cannot be replicated at home. Never take a dental visit for granted, because missing one might lead to some serious dental issues down the road.

Dental X-rays and Advanced Diagnostics

First of all, your dentist can take x-rays and use a host of other diagnostic tools to assess the health of your teeth, gums, jawbone, jaw joint, and so forth. There is no at-home equivalent to these advanced tools. Dentists can catch serious problems and also add these x-rays to your record as reference for future visits.

Thorough Cleanings Performed by Professionals

Brushing and flossing at home is great, but professional cleanings go that extra mile. Flossing is thorough and gentle. The professional polishing at the office can access all of the hard to reach places in your mouth. Some gentle scraping is not uncommon, while helps dislodge plaque and small deposits of tartar.

An Assessment of the Teeth and Gums

With your teeth fully cleaned, your dentist can give all of your teeth a good look. Dentists and hygienists can note chips and cracks, issues with discoloration, and problems with fillings or crowns that have been placed. In addition, they can also examine the color and condition of the gums. The soft tissues of the mouth can be an important warning sign for a number of dental problems.

Discussion of Your Dental Health Concerns

Even with x-rays and up-close examination, a dentist can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing problem. This is why it's important for patients to mention issues they've noticed. This might include dental pain, sore gums, jaw pain, or dry mouth. When patients voice a concern, their dentist will respond and look into the matter. Getting professional assistance for potential dental problems is something that cannot be done at home.

Figuring Out Your Future Needs

During a dental visit, there may be discussion of future dental work. A dentist can provide a full treatment plan of what's to come, or may offer some advice on preventative care. Either way, your dental visit is just as much about the future as it is about the concerns of the here and now.

How Often Should I See My Dentist?

People should see their dentist twice a year. Just one visit every six months can help fight cavities, gum disease, gum recession, and many other health problems. If any serious concerns arise between visits, patients should feel free to discuss matters with their dentist.

Contact White River Dental

For more information on maintaining good dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at White River Dental is here to help you smile with renewed confidence.

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