Dentist providing quality gentle dental care to patients in Dolton looking for a lifetime of oral health
From our earliest years to our golden age, we all strive for a healthy mouth. Keeping up with healthy oral habits such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing is in our complete control and can help make this a reality. At home habits are not the entire recipe for a lifetime of excellent oral health. The other component to keeping a healthy mouth is making sure you get in for regular dental exams and cleaning as well as necessary dental procedures. Dr. Dean Dietrich and his team at Pleasant Dental® provide quality dental care for patients in Dolton, IL.
Preventative Visits Are Important
Many people avoid the dentist and will only go in once they are in significant pain due to a cavity or other dental crisis. The unfortunate fact is that nobody needs to get to that point if they are combining proper dental hygiene at home with regular dental visits. Preventative dental care includes services such as ADA (American Dental Association) recommended twice a year dental exams and cleanings. These regular dental visits are essential if you wish to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is in between those visits that you should be keeping up healthy practices at home. For some, a dentist may even request more frequent visits if there are any dental issues that may need to be checked up on sooner.
A Routine Visit to the Dentist
Having your teeth checked for decay is just one component of a thorough dental exam. In addition, your dentist should be checking the health of your gums and inside of your mouth for any potential problems (such as oral cancer). Do not be surprised if your dentist also performs a checkup on your neck and head as well as your temporomandibular joints. This is not something that is always checked, but it is a definite possibility. Your teeth will then be cleaned, and any issues expressed to you by your dentist including the importance of continuing to provide proper care to your mouth, teeth, and gums at home. A clinical dental examination will include many, if not all the following steps:
- An examination of the gums checking for any sign of gum disease
- Checking for cavities, decay, loose teeth, and your bite
- An examination of the tissue inside of your mouth
- An examination of your tongue
- Checking for broken teeth or damaged fillings
- An evaluation of any dental appliances you may have in place