Dental exams and teeth cleanings are part of maintaining good oral health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn't just a matter of brushing and flossing—although they are significant components of it. Many aspects of keeping your mouth clean are hard to achieve at home and require dentist assistance. No matter how diligent you might be about brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar still accumulate and can only be removed by your dentist.
During routine dental appointments at our San Jose dental office, we will visually inspect your teeth and gums to check for cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. We also check your neck, face, and surrounding areas for any abnormal signs and discomfort. X-rays are used to diagnose issues that aren't visible with the naked eye.
While you're in the dental chair, your dentist can go over proper brushing and flossing procedures, and if your diet and lifestyle are affecting your teeth. If you feel like you could benefit from a cosmetic improvement, such as teeth whitening, you can bring it up during your dental appointment.
Benefits of Routine Dental Appointments
Routine dental exams protect your oral and general health. Your dentist is trained to look for signs of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, and oral cancer.
During your dental cleaning, you can expect your dentist to check for the following:
- Look for signs of tooth decay, root decay, and gum disease
- Determine if you need a tooth extraction or dental implant
- Feel your jaw for issues or pain
- Remove plaque deposits on your teeth
- Demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques
- Use fluoride and sealants when necessary
- X-rays can establish if there are any underlying dental issues
The benefits of getting your teeth cleaned twice a year are numerous. Not only do you maintain and preserve good oral health, but your dentist can also check for any signs of diseases that are linked to oral health. The more you are proactive in your dental care, the fewer unpleasant surprises might occur.
We recommend our patients schedule routine dental appointments at our San Jose, CA dental office at least every six months. Call today to schedule your dental exam and teeth cleaning.