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Routine Teeth Cleanings and Exams are Imperative to Good Oral Hygiene & Health
Good oral hygiene is essential to keeping your mouth and smile healthy. Your mouth is also the gateway to the overall health of your body, and undeniable evidence points to a direct correlation between oral diseases and other health issues, such as cardiovascular disease. The build up of oral plaque can cause dental problems, most commonly, dental cavities, bad breath, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), periodontitis (gum disease), and tooth loss.
To keep your mouth and body healthy, regular checkups and teeth cleaning are essential.
Regular Checkups and Oral Cancer Screening
During your annual dental checkup, Dr. Schwartz will conduct a visual examination by checking the lymph nodes of your head, jaw, and neck for flexibility, tenderness, and pain. Then your mouth, lips, gums, tongue, and mucous membranes are inspected for sores, growths and decay. X-rays are usually taken to show problems that can’t be detected visually. This helps identify and diagnose issues before they cause pain or require extensive treatment.
Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up over time especially in hard to reach areas. Regular cleanings are recommended once every six months in order to remove the plaque, tartar and calculus build up to prevent tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Deep cleaning is required to treat periodontitis (gum disease). The main objective is to remove dental plaque and calculus from the teeth and gums. Scaling is a procedure that removes these agents from the surface of the tooth. Root planing involves scaling the root of the tooth through deep pockets that have formed in the gums. Scaling and root planing is performed with a combination of hand instruments and ultrasonic instruments.
In many cases, Dr. Schwartz will decide to employ prevention techniques with the objective to stop tooth decay before it can start. Applying dental sealants is one such approach. Tiny crevices in the teeth can provide a home to bacteria, which over time, lead to tooth decay and carries. Dental sealants can fill these crevices, removing bacteria, and preventing the progression to tooth decay.