Regular Checkups – Bowling Green, OH
Twice-a-Year Examinations Protect Your Smile
Modern dentistry places a large emphasis on prevention, and to that end the American Dental Association recommends that you see the dentist at least twice a year, or roughly every six months or so. At Kaiser Family Dentistry, our dentists will provide a thorough examination to identify any potential oral health problems so that they can be addressed in a timely manner. If you’re overdue for an appointment or if you have concerns about your teeth and gums, contact us today to schedule your next visit!
Why is a Regular Check-Up So Important?
The bacteria in your mouth are a constant threat to your oral health. If they’re exposed to sugars or starches too often, the acid they produce will begin to eat through the enamel of the teeth, leading to tooth decay. This can result in toothaches, and an extraction could be needed to protect your health.
Moreover, oral bacteria can infect the gums and cause periodontal disease. The earliest stage of this condition, gingivitis, causes redness, bleeding and swelling in the gums; later stages can lead to gum pocketing and, again, can ultimately result in a loss of teeth.
By having a check-up at regular intervals throughout the year, it makes it more likely that these problems will be caught and treated in their earliest stages. Not only does this make it easier to repair the damage, but it also helps you avoid the more severe long-term consequences of oral infections.
What Happens During a Dental Check-Up?
During your check-up, we’ll examine each tooth individually for signs of decay or other forms of damage. We’ll check each individual tooth for plaque and tartar buildup; tartar can’t be removed through regular brushing, so it’s important that we find and remove it during your appointment. We’ll also check your gums and make sure there’s not too much space between the tissue and the teeth. Sometimes we’ll also use an X-ray to assist in the detection of cavities.
We might also find signs of health issues during an examination. For example, oral cancer – the sixth most common kind of cancer – is usually screened for during biannual check-ups. We might check your tongue, throat, face head or neck for telltale symptoms such as lumps or white patches.
What if a Problem is Found?
Plaque and tartar will be removed during a routine cleaning. If we find a larger issue, we’ll develop a treatment plan to address it quickly and efficiently. For example, we can use tooth-colored resin to fill in cavities. If we believe you’re at a high risk of decay, we may suggest dental sealants to give your teeth added protection.
By taking preventive countermeasures, you can reduce the need for more expensive dental work in the future. Remember: patients of all ages, young and old, should receive regular preventive care from a dentist in Bowling Green.