March 14, 2017
Why should you get routine check-ups and cleanings at Common Park Dental? Besides preventing gum disease and cavities, these preventive appointments allow Dr.Wang or Dr. Guze, your dentist in Worcester, to assess other factors associated with your oral health. Patients have stronger, more attractive smiles because of six-month exams.
What Happens During a Check-up?
First, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth, gently scaling accumulated plaque and tartar. This biofilm contains harmful bacteria which literally eat away at tooth enamel and gum tissue.
Also, your hygienist checks gum pocket depth (the space between teeth and gums) with a small periodontal probe. Gum pocket depth of more than 3 mm indicates active gum disease, or periodontitis, a major contributor to tooth loss among American adults. Plus, research links periodontitis with systemic health problems such as osteoporosis, heart attack, dementia and diabetes.
Then, the hygienist polishes your teeth. She takes digital X-rays as needed so the doctor can look at root and bone structure, check tooth and jaw development in young patients, and uncover hidden areas of decay.
Then, your Worcester dentist performs a number of basic assessments, including:
- Visual inspection for cavities
- Examination of tooth alignment, bite and jaw joint function
- Oral cancer screening
- Inspection of existing restorations and prosthetics (bridgework, implants, fillings, crowns and dentures)
Regarding oral cancer screening, this important visual examination is fast and comfortable. It gives you and your doctor assurance that gums, tongue, lips and other soft tissues have not fallen prey to this often deadly malady. Detected early, oral cancer has a cure rate of 80 to 90 percent, says the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Caring for Existing Dental Work
Daily flossing and twice daily brushing as advised by the American Dental Association keep enamel and gums strong and free from plaque. They also halt accumulation of biofilm around restorations, keeping them in good condition longer.
For instance, dental implants are threatened by an infection similar to advanced gum disease. This problem is called peri-implantitis; smoking and neglected oral hygiene are the main causes.
Additionally, your dentist’s examination spots issues with crowns and can prevent lost fillings and other emergencies, such as cracked or abscessed teeth. Dr. Wang and Dr. Guze often recommend plastic sealants and fluoride treatments to ward off tooth decay in patients of all ages, and of course, athletic mouthguards are a must for sports. Nightguards for bruxism save undue wear on tooth enamel and restorations and spare patients headaches and ear pain.
Come See Us
At Common Park Dental, the professional team desires excellent oral health and great smile aesthetics for all their patients. They believe that preventive dental services are a sure way to that goal. If you would like to set-up a semi-annual dental check-up and cleaning,
contact Common Park Dental today to speak to an office team member. Ask about our $79 new patient special.
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