By: Kaitlin Donovan

How important is dental hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds and plaque forms, it can harden and lead to gingivitis, a reversible form of gum disease, or periodontal disease, irreversible form of gum disease, if it is not removed. A good dental routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay and tooth loss.

Your mouth is the gateway to your body!

There is a huge correlation between the bacteria found in the mouth and other parts of your body. When the bacteria in your mouth starts to replicate and is not properly controlled there is a known link between an increased chance of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimers. This bacteria can enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body, increasing inflammation in your body and negatively effecting gut health.

Why get a dental exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

What can I expect from a dental exam?

At a typical dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains or deposits, called tartar or calculus, that are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. Dental x-ray’s are performed to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems associated with bone levels, decay in between your teeth or pathologies of the jaw bones and sinuses. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as discuss your toothpaste and common ingredients. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.

How can you prepare for a dental exam?

The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health!

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