To keep a healthy smile for life, routine dental care, along with daily brushing and flossing, goes hand in hand. Therefore we recommend to book with us for a scale and polish every 6 months. During the dental checkup, we will screen for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. At times, x-rays may also be taken to detect hidden caries or bone lesions.
In Preventive dentistry, regular scale and clean can help intercept dental issues when they first start to develop. When decay and gum disease are treated early, you’ll enjoy healthier teeth and require less dental work in the long rum.
During Your Checkup
A six-monthly dental checkup or exam includes the following:
- A thorough examination of every tooth in the mouth
- Evaluating existing dental work
- Gum disease (periodontal) screening
- Diagnostic x-rays, as needed
- Scale and polish
- Fluoride application
- Oral hygiene instructions
Six monthly scale & polish helps prevent gum disease from progressing. Less frequent visits allow tartar to build up more inside the gums, causing gum bleeding, gum infections and bone loss.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
In a healthy mouth, the gums do not bleed when you floss and brush. Gums that appear swollen and red are signs that the body is trying to overcome an infection inside your mouth. Bacterial plaque triggers an immune response around the gingiva (the gum part that attaches to your teeth).
Advanced gum disease causes gums to recede and bone loss. Teeth will start to loosen, become sensitive and bad breath becomes apparent. Teeth may also appear longer than usual.
Did you know that gum disease can increase your risk of health issues like heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, pneumonia and stroke. If you are concern about having active gum disease, do ask our dentists about non-surgical periodontal therapy (gum treatment)
Why Do I Need X-rays?
Digital x-rays are like a second pair of eyes for the dentist to see areas in the mouth that are not visible during a regular exam. For instance, cysts, bone lesions, small cavities, bone loss and abscess can be detected with x-rays.
Because of advances in digital radiography, we use as much as 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays, making them safer than ever.
Digital imaging takes seconds to do and you can view the images almost instantly therefore your dentist can deliver efficient diagnosis of your dental condition
Schedule A Checkup Today
When was your last visit to the dentist ? If it’s been more than six months, then it is time to make an appointment. Contact Kent Dental Works to request for a your first visit with us today!