One of the foundations of dental care is a thorough, at-home routine. However, a lasting smile requires more. Seeing your dentist regularly for a complete dental exam and in-depth professional cleaning is necessary to ensure that your smile is protected from decay and gum disease. By preventing these concerns, you’re also protected against other health conditions such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Dr. Ulysses Vargas is prepared to be your partner in good oral health by providing comprehensive preventative dental care services from our clinic in Spokane, WA.
How Regular Dental Exams and Professional Cleanings Help Preserve Oral Health
Some dental patients may wonder why a strict oral hygiene routine at home isn’t enough to protect their smiles. Those who opt not to make their routine visits a priority put themselves at risk of conditions that form over time. When you visit Dr. Ulysses Vargas for regular cleanings and exams, you’re gaining the benefit of professional dental training and identifying oral health concerns early. Some of these benefits include:
- Early signs of gum disease
- Checking for pitted enamel signifying risk of tooth decay
- Avoiding tooth loss
- Improving the beauty and whiteness of your smile
- Detecting early signs of oral cancer
- Aid in maintaining overall health
In addition, areas that are invisible to you at home can be revealed through the use of dental imaging. Dental imaging is a standard part of many check-ups as it can uncover issues that are occurring in areas not visible to the naked eye. This includes potential bone decay, hidden pockets of infection or developing tooth decay, and other signs of periodontitis. Seeing a dentist twice a year will protect your teeth from more serious and costly dental care down the road.
What Happens During An Oral Exam At South Hill Comprehensive Dentistry?
Now that you’ve scheduled your appointment at our clinic in Spokane, WA, let’s get you up to speed on what to expect during your visit. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken back by your hygienist. The hygienist will do a visual exam of your teeth and discuss any oral health concerns. At this point, you will undergo digital imaging to provide the dentist a better view of your gums and teeth. The dentist will go over the final results of your imaging with you.
The next step is the cleaning of your teeth. General cleaning will wash away excess plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. This may involve the use of a special tool to eliminate any hardened mineral buildup known as calculus or tartar. During this process, your gums will be checked to ensure they tightly adhere to your teeth. If signs of periodontal disease are present, another visit for a more in-depth cleaning may be suggested.
See a Dentist for Your Cleaning
Routine teeth cleaning and exams should be a regular part of your oral hygiene plan. Call our office in Spokane to schedule an appointment. If you have other oral health concerns, let us know, we’ll be happy to help!