Dental checkups and cleanings are an integral part of your oral and overall health. Even if you have a great at-home brushing and flossing routine, a visit with Dr. Tyler Aten and Dr. Nusi Brown can remove plaque and bacteria in your mouth that you simply cannot reach by yourself. These appointments also give our dentists an opportunity to detect any dental issues you may have while they’re still small, which prevents any problems from getting more serious. At Green Mountain Dental, we take pride in our ability to give you a thorough checkup and cleaning for the healthiest smile possible. Read on to learn more about what happens during a regular dental checkup in South Burlington and why they are important.
Routine dental appointments are important because they protect your oral and overall health. These visits give our team an opportunity to detect oral health issues while they are small, preventing more serious issues from occurring. A visit to our office could be the difference between a cavity and a root canal, or even saving a tooth versus losing one.
Additionally, oral health issues like gum disease have now been linked with overall health problems. Gum disease increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. We also perform detailed oral cancer screenings to make sure you’re cancer-free and healthy. Dentists alone detect around 84% of oral cancers early-on, which is another reason it’s vital to attend biannual checkups and cleanings.
During your routine visit that happens once every 6 months, you’ll be given a checkup and cleaning.
For the cleaning portion, one of our experienced dental hygienists will clean your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar that couldn’t be removed at home. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque, which can only be removed by a dental professional. It is also one of the leading causes of dental issues like gum disease and decay.
Our dental hygienist will then give your teeth a nice polish for a beautiful smile, finishing off your cleaning by flossing in between your teeth. They will show you a proper flossing technique and answer any questions you may have about your oral healthcare. This is also a great time to pick their brain on ways to improve your at-home routine.
After our dental hygienist has finished cleaning your teeth, Dr. Aten or Dr. Brown will perform an in-depth examination. They will check your mouth, head, neck, and jaw for any warning signs or problems. They will pay careful attention to catch any early signs of cavities or gum disease in your mouth. Also, they will use digital X-Rays to detect any dental issues that can’t be seen or felt, saving you from more extensive treatment in the future. In addition to tooth decay and gum disease, they’ll check for infection, oral cancer, alignment issues, jaw complications, and any problems with wisdom teeth.
Have you had a dental checkup and cleaning in the last 6 months? Contact our office today to protect the health and beauty of your smile.