The Significant Role of a Dental Hygienist
Dental Exams & Teeth Cleanings Are a Key Part of Dental Care
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- Preventative care is a key part of staying healthy and maintaining excellent teeth.
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When Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned Professionally?
The six months rule doesn’t apply to everyone when it comes to professional teeth cleanings. For those who suffer from complications with their gums or have trouble removing the buildup of plaque or tartar, a cleaning may be necessary more often. Your dentist will recommend flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and brushing in the morning and before bed. However, even these necessary at home practices can’t fully remove the harmful build-up that professional dental tools can.
How Does Plaque Build Up?
Dental plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth. Plaque is colorless or can appear as a yellow deposit of extremely sticky biofilm that forms on your teeth. When saliva, food, and other fluids are combined they produce bacteria deposits, which then gather where your gums and teeth meet. Plaque contains bacteria that can ruin your tooth enamel and can damage your gums.
Without professional treatment, the damage could become permanent. The reason being that plaque contains millions of bacteria that feed on the food and drinks you consume every day. If the bacteria isn’t removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and tartar buildup.
On average, over 68% of adults have tartar. Tartar is a yellowish brown deposit that hardens on your teeth. While you can remove plaque at home by brushing and flossing, tartar removal requires the care of a professional dentist because the buildup on teeth is so strongly bonded to the tooth enamel. If you have braces, you have a higher risk of developing tartar. Additionally, smoking and old age can increase your chances of tartar.
What Do We Check For During Dental Exams?
A dental exam is not only important for the health of your mouth, but an exam can also reveal other aspects of your health. Attending regularly scheduled exams will protect you from potentially dangerous diseases that can result in further necessary treatment. An examination can also detect the first signs of tooth decay, any broken down or cracked teeth, gum disease, or even worse — oral cancer.
Regular dental exams allow a dentist to catch a problem while it’s easier and less costly to treat. For example, you might have a small cavity that can be fixed with a simple filling. While the pain may be minor today, if not treated right away, it could become worse and the decay can get deeper. Cavities eventually require a crown or even a root canal.
We cannot stress how important it is to see a dentist routinely. Usually, by the time something starts bothering you every day, the form of treatment required is much more serious and expensive! We can help you prevent pain and complications.
What Can I Expect as a Patient?
During a routine dental exam, your dental hygienist will perform a thorough check of your teeth, gums, and mouth. If you’re a new patient, upon your initial visit we will collect key information that will help us get to know you better. You will first meet with our friendly and helpful front desk staff. We do our best to make everyone in your family feel welcomed. Next, you’ll meet with our dental hygienist who will begin the exam.
At Ricardo Chavez, DDS, you can expect to receive a full review of your teeth and gums. Exams will check for cracks, cavities, tooth decay, infection, malformations, and malocclusions, which is an imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed.
The dental hygienist will also take X-rays of your mouth to get comprehensive images of your teeth and bone structure. We’ll also do a thorough cleaning, which includes flossing and polishing your teeth. Based on what the dental hygienist discovers, we will create a plan of action that’s tailored to your specific needs.