Regular visits to a dentist for preventive care are an important part of oral care and necessary if you want to maintain strong, healthy teeth throughout your life. Plus, you’ll always have a beautiful smile! Preventative dentistry dental exams and cleanings keep your teeth clean and identify any issues before they turn into major issues. We generally recommend that our patients come in every six months for a routine appointment.
As part of a routine dental visit, you will receive a dental cleaning from one of our friendly dental hygienists. We use specialized dental instruments to carefully remove any harmful cavity-causing plaque or tartar from your teeth before polishing your pearly whites to remove stains and get them looking bright and shiny. A final fluoride treatment gives your teeth an extra boost of protection and strength.
In addition to a full dental cleaning, you will also receive a comprehensive dental exam. This is an opportunity for your dental professional to check for any oral issues that need treatment or intervention. Catching and responding to problems early on can save you pain, discomfort, and money down the road. During a dental exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will take x-rays of your mouth, which allows us to see detailed images of specific teeth and check for bone loss, cysts, and tumors.
During a dental exam, we check for:
Gum Disease. Periodontitis, also referred to as gum disease, weakens the gums and supportive bones surrounding your teeth. Early-stage periodontitis is not uncommon, but treatment and proper oral care are effective against it. If not treated, it can lead to your teeth loosening or falling out, as well as increase the risk of heart and lung disease.
Cavities and Tooth Decay. Using specialized tools, we closely check the entire surface of every tooth in your mouth for signs of tooth decay. Decay is damage to the enamel of your tooth. If untreated, it can lead to cavities as well as pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Imperfect Restoration. Restorative work such as crowns, fillings, and permanent retainers should still be in good shape and fitting correctly. If we spot any issues with this hardware, we will flag it for replacement.
Regular dental exams can be beneficial to your overall health as well. Gum disease can lead to a wide variety of physical symptoms elsewhere in the body, and signs of lupus, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases can sometimes show up in the mouth before diagnosis.
At the end of your dental exam, Dr. Douglas F. Smith or one of our hygienists will go over any findings with you and may make recommendations for improving your oral hygiene and care going forward. They will also recommend a plan for future care and a timeline for your next appointment. The recommended frequency of dentist visits will depend on multiple factors, including your age, overall oral health, and the risk or presence of gum disease or tooth decay.
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Dentist appointments can be stressful, but they don’t have to be! Based in Logan, Utah, the dental office of Douglas F. Smith, DDS is staffed with friendly and compassionate dental professionals who will put you at ease and give you the highest quality of care. We make every effort to ensure each of our patients feels welcomed and listened to when they visit our office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.