No matter how diligent you are in caring for your teeth, tartar and plague build up over time. It’s an inescapable fact of life. That’s why the American Dental Association recommends that everyone have a dental exam and cleaning every six months. Science shows us that good oral health is a strong indicator of good overall health. Likewise, poor oral health has been linked to a variety of illness including diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems.
The Best Way to Protect Your Health
You may be surprised to learn how powerful the lowly little dental checkup is for keeping you healthy. The obvious benefits include the potential for early detection of tooth decay, gum disease and oral pathology. But did you know that your oral health is directly linked to your body’s overall well-being? For example, bacteria associated with gingivitis (gum disease) can potentially lead to Alzheimer’s? Inflammation of the gums and periodontal tissues can cause complications for diabetic patients and, if the bacteria infiltrate the lungs, they can even cause pneumonia. Other potential links to poor oral health include compromised bone strength, pregnancy complications and low infant birth weight.
What to Expect at Your Exam and Cleaning
When you arrive, depending on how long it’s been since your last dental check-up, we may do snap some dental x-rays, using our exciting state-of-the-art digital x-ray technology. The dentist will review your images, checking them against previous visits if applicable, and looking for any potential problems. Next, the dentist will perform an oral exam, looking at all the surfaces of your teeth as well as your gums, tongue and oral tissues for any potential problems. Then it’s the hygienist’s turn. The dental hygienist will then set about removing plaque, tartar, scale and staining from your tooth surfaces. Once that’s done, he or she will polish up your pearly whites and you’re on your way.
Keep the Momentum Going at Home
While it’s critical to have your twice-yearly exams and dental cleaning service, it won’t be nearly as effective if you don’t take great care of your teeth at home. When you come in for your cleaning, we will provide sensitive and respectful feedback, and offer you some great suggestions for improving your oral hygiene techniques. Never fear, there’s no lecturing here, and we will never send you on a guilt trip. But today’s technology has given us some effective new tools that can keep your teeth and gums in great shape with minimal effort on your part.
What are you waiting for? The Kids & Family Dental team provides the premier checkup, exam and dental cleaning services in Manassas. Contact us today for your appointment and, while you’re at it, schedule one for the whole family. Remember, healthy smiles, healthy family!