Routine Cleanings & Exams

In today’s busy world, we often times rationalize skipping those routine things we just don’t want to make time for. Be it an oil change or a hair cut, sometimes finding time and energy to carry out these tasks is impossible. We all rationalize things in our head. We might think “It’s okay to miss my six month dental exam. It’s just a cleaning.” That phrase is no longer true. This entry will attempt to explain why.

The word just implies that the task is unimportant. Nothing could be further from the truth in respect to our routine dentalcleanings and exams. Even with todays high- powered electric toothbrushes, it is impossible to remove all the plaque and tartar from our teeth. If left to build, this can cause periodontal disease and bad breath. When your teeth get cleaned, all of this excess plaque, tartar, and stain is systematically removed. Some patients even need cleanings every 3 to 4 months to eliminate this build-up. Many times a fluoride treatment will be administered which can help strengthen teeth against future decay.

At least once a year, diagnostic radiographs called bitewings, should be taken. This will give Dr. Austin a view into the inside of your teeth and gums. Decay and gum disease can be diagnosed from good bitewings. The doctors also examine all the tissue in your mouth looking for a multitude of disorders including oral cancer. After this, the doctors examine your teeth to look for decay, recurrent decay under existing crowns and fillings, fractures, and various other issues.

As you can see, getting your routine cleaning and exam is vital to your oral health. We now have evidence that shows periodontal and dental diseases are linked to systemic health. People with periodontal disease are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, heart disease and diabetes. Ignoring your dental health can lead to problems with your systemic health. To schedule your cleaning and exam, call the office today at (210) 408-7999.