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Routine dental check-ups are a great way to maintain your oral health

Since childhood, everyone has been taught to brush and floss their teeth daily in order to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Although everyone wants a beautiful, radiant smile, it is important to take care of your teeth and gums. A good oral hygiene regimen is one of your best options to avoid developing oral diseases. To be fully protected from oral diseases, it is important to have your teeth cleaned and checked at least once a month.

Saby Dental knows that visiting a Red Deer dentist to have a checkup on your teeth is not something you enjoy, but it is essential for your oral health. You are at risk of many dental complications if you continue to skip your dental appointments. Here are some reasons to make regular dental visits a priority.

Avoid cavities by preventing plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth.

Drinking and eating can cause bacteria to build up on your teeth, allowing bacteria to flourish in your mouth. Despite how meticulous you may be about cleaning your teeth, there will still be areas that are not covered by your routine oral hygiene. These areas can be breeding grounds for bacteria and lead to dental cavities. These bacteria can be eliminated by a professional cleaning of the teeth, which is usually part of a regular dental checkup.

Prevent the formation of gum disease

Tooth decay and cavities can be caused by bacteria buildup. Gum disease can also occur. When tartar builds up in the area of the tooth’s root, it can cause infection and the gums will pull away. Gingivitis is a condition that causes the gum tissue around the teeth to become brittle and eventually lead to tooth loss. It is important to have regular dental checks and cleans with your dentist in order to prevent this from happening.

Early detection and treatment of oral cancer

Oral cancer can be a serious disease that manifests in many ways. Oral cancer can spread quickly and is often not diagnosed early enough to put your life at risk. Saby Dental will conduct an oral cancer screening when you visit for a checkup. This helps with early detection and treatment. A quick and painless oral cancer screening can save lives.

What happens during a dental checkup.

A dental checkup consists of two parts: the checkup and the cleaning. Also known as oral prophylaxis.
Your dentist will examine your teeth for signs of decay during your next dental visit. Your dentist may need to take x-rays in order to check for cavities below your gum line and on your teeth. They will also check for tartar and plaque during the checkup. Your gums will also be examined using a special tool that measures the distance between your gums and your teeth. These spaces are smaller in healthy gums. However, if you have gingivitis, they will be larger. A thorough examination of your mouth, throat, neck, tongue, and head will be part of your checkup. This will allow you to identify any signs of trouble, such as reddening or swelling, and possibly signs of oral cancer. Your dentist will also take note of any changes in your oral and overall health and devise a treatment plan that addresses all your needs.

A dental hygienist will professional clean your teeth after your dental checkup. The hygienist will clean your teeth and remove any tartar or plaque. They will then polish your teeth and give you a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel.

What to do between your dental checkups?

Between your dental appointments, make sure you take care of your teeth and gums. Plaque can form on your teeth all the time, but it is easily managed by regular flossing and brushing. Here are some ways to maintain your oral health at home.

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Once a day, floss
  • To reduce bacteria and maintain fresh breath, use mouthwash twice daily

Visit a dentist near you

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our Red Deer Dentist if you haven’t had your teeth checked by a dentist in six months. Saby Dental is proud to offer checkups and dental cleanings. We are available to answer your questions and concerns and will do our best make your visit as pleasant and stress-free for you. You can enjoy optimal oral health for the rest of your life with professional dental cleanings. Call us today to make an appointment!