Are you In Tune?
- Posted on: Aug 30 2017
Can you believe we are quickly moving in to fall? With the summer months coming to an end, we have a lot to look forward to. We also have a lot to think about. Being more than halfway through the year means that it’s time to tune into dental needs. Your dentist loves to see you twice a year, and your teeth appreciate the attention. Are you tuned into the timing of your dental visits?
There are numerous reasons why we send out friendly reminders that our patients are due for cleanings and exams. Ultimately, the consistency with which dental care is provided leads to optimal oral health. At the heart of routine care is a desire to help patients avoid dental disease. In so doing, we may help them keep their teeth longer and avoid the pitfalls of inflammation and infection.
Dental Cleanings & Exams
There may be more to your routine dental checkup than you think. When you visit your friendly dentist in Golden, CO, your visit will involve:
- Close observation of all tooth surfaces, even those that aren’t seen every day. At the start of your routine checkup, we may obtain a set of x-ray images to view during your comprehensive examination. Our visual checkup observes the crown portion of all teeth, and also the gums, but x-rays provide us with invaluable information regarding periodontal health. These images show us root structure as well as bone and enable us to monitor health over time.
- Habit-checking. Did you know that your dental exam may reveal details even you do not know? When we observe the structure of teeth, we may notice excessive wear that indicates you have been clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. Checkups also alert us (and you) to common mistakes that may be occurring during home care, such as brushing too hard or forgetting to floss. The information that is gathered helps us help you take the best possible care of your teeth and gums.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is, unfortunately, not easily detected. Most people simply don’t know to look for signs. We do. During routine checkups, a soft-tissue evaluation is performed, including the tissue around the throat and all mucosa in the mouth.
Skipping a routine dental exam is an easy mistake to make. However, the consequences could be steep; and because they can be avoided, we encourage you to give us a call today to arrange your next checkup and cleaning.
Posted in: Diagnostic Exams & Teeth Cleaning