Have you been putting off a dental exam because you feel like you don’t have the time or you believe that if you’re not showing symptoms, it isn’t necessary? Regular dental care is essential to maintaining a healthy smile and preventing long-term oral problems.
Having regular checkups with your dentist is important for both your oral health and your overall health.
Exams allow for early detection and treatment of dental problems, such as gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay. Early treatment of these issues may prevent more invasive and expensive dental procedures from being necessary in the future.
Poor dental hygiene can also be a factor in many other serious health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
During a regular dental visit, your teeth will usually be cleaned and examined.
During the exam, the dentist will check for cavities and plaque buildup, as well as inspect your gums for disease.
The teeth cleaning will typically including removing tartar, polishing teeth, and flossing.
Your doctor may order X-rays during your exam in order to detect problems that are not always visible to the naked eye. The FDA recommends that adults have a full set of pictures every 2-3 years, or more if you have a history of dental problems.
Most dentists recommend that patients are seen at least twice a year for checkups. However, depending on your oral health, more visits to your dentist’s office may be necessary.
Keeping up with your oral health is the best way to prevent dental problems as well as other possible health issues. Call our office in Vacaville today to schedule an appointment!
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