Cleanings and Routine Checkups
By far the most important appointment is the routine cleaning and checkup! Even with an excellent home health routine, it is still vital to see a dentist for regular checkups. The dentist and dental hygienist look for early signs of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer and other dental problems that may require attention. Patients receive a professional cleaning, a thorough exam, helpful advice and X-rays as needed during the routine checkup. We also take time to ask and answer questions about your overall health and any concerns you may have. These appointments should be done every six months to ensure optimal health and to catch any problems before they cause major harm.
Routine cleanings are an exam with the dentist, cleaning, polishing, flossing, and review of your home care. This process is simple, painless, and cleans your teeth of calculus/tartar that can build up in places that are hard to reach with a toothbrush or floss.
For patients who have gum disease, or periodontitis, a gum infection cleaning is recommended. With periodontitis, calculus accumulates under the gums and causes irritation. Calculus is filled with anaerobic bacteria, and the irritation from this bacteria causes bleeding gums and irreversible bone loss. Periodontitis is as common as cavities; it is a slow-moving and chronic infection, and it does not cause any pain. Studies show that patients with periodontitis have a higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. It is treated with thorough cleanings to get rid of the bacteria and calculus that are under the gums.
If you’re due for a cleaning, call Bay Hills Family Dentistry and we’ll help you schedule a convenient time for your next checkup.