Your smile is meant to last a lifetime, and you can help ensure the longevity of your smile by practicing effective home care and visiting Dr. Cederbaum for regular checkups at least twice a year. Not only will this keep your smile healthy and shining bright — It’s also the best way to avoid costly and time-consuming treatments in the future.
Regular checkups don’t just help your smile — they’re also essential for monitoring the state of your overall health, which is deeply connected to your oral health.
Your Regular Dental Hygiene Visits
Dental checkups are referred to as “hygiene visits.” During your regular hygiene visits, Dr. Cederbaum and our team provide numerous benefits that can’t be duplicated at home. An essential part of your visit is the professional cleaning and polishing you receive from our dental hygienist.
Effective dentistry is largely a matter of providing preventative treatment, and your professional cleaning at Dr. Cederbaum’s office is essential for preventing tooth decay and gum disease, two of the most serious threats to your smile. Gum disease and tooth decay are bacterial infections, and the bacteria which cause them feed on plaque, tartar, and debris in your mouth. That’s why daily brushing is so important for protecting your smile.
Plaque is a filmy substance that develops on your teeth following a meal. If given a chance, plaque hardens and develops into tartar, also known as dental calculus. Tartar is a rough substance that adheres to your teeth. It can only be removed by a hygienist using special dental tools. If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, it will provide an environment for bacteria to grow and this will lead to gum disease.
Gum disease has several unpleasant symptoms, including swollen, sore, and bleeding gums. If gum disease is not effectively treated, it can cause you to lose one or more teeth. Unfortunately, research links gum disease to a number of chronic health conditions that affect other regions of your body, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and diabetes. That’s why it’s so important to remove plaque before it becomes a serious issue.
Tooth decay, commonly referred to as cavities, occurs when bacteria are able to penetrate the outer layer of enamel and attack the inner layer of your teeth. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar will help you prevent cavities and gum disease. It’s also necessary to brush, floss, and rinse your smile with antibacterial mouth rinse every day to maintain your oral health.
Your Dental Examination
An essential part of your hygiene visit is your examination with Dr. Cederbaum. You’ll be provided with a full set of x-rays which Dr. Cederbaum will use to detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, impacted teeth, and other potential issues that could damage your smile. For younger patients, she will also make sure their teeth are growing in properly.
A crucial part of your hygiene visit is the oral cancer screening you’ll receive. Over 50 thousand Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Early detection is crucial for increasing a patient’s chances of surviving this deadly disease.
Feeling Fresh and Ready to Go
After our hygienist removes the plaque and tartar from your smile, we’ll polish your teeth. This will leave them sparkling and it will also make it harder for cavity-causing bacteria to penetrate the surface of your teeth. Regular hygiene visits also freshen your breath. You’ll feel better about your smile and ready to face the world.
Ready for your next checkup? Call today or fill out the below to schedule a hygiene visit at Dr. Cederbaum’s office.