No matter how well you take care of your dental hygiene on your own, you still can benefit greatly from twice-yearly dental exams at ValleyWide Dental. Certainly, the foundation of oral health begins with a nutritious diet low in sugary treats and beverages. Flossing daily and brushing after meals will remove most of the plaque that is the primary cause of tooth decay and gum disease. But plaque is a sneaky thing. It can manage to hide between teeth and in gum pockets, evading the reach of your efforts. Once there, it can harden into tartar, which cannot be removed except with a professional cleaning. Plaque and tartar together work to eat away at your precious tooth enamel, leading to cavities. And if those cavities are not detected and filled in a timely fashion, they will likely grow larger, leading to possible infections, root canal therapy, and even a loss of teeth. Plaque also causes irritated, inflamed, and infected gums. A trip to see our Palmdale general dentist every six months can alleviate your worries, though.
Our dental exams are complete and thorough. It begins with a physical and visual inspection of your mouth to see if you have any loose teeth, fillings, or restorations, or any gum redness. Also, your occlusion (bite) will be checked. X-rays give an extremely close-up view inside your teeth to find even the smallest cavities early. Our Palmdale general dentist will also do a periodontal exam because healthy gums are just as vital to the well-being of your mouth as your teeth are.
A teeth cleaning will eliminate the plaque, tartar, and food particles that have managed to accumulate, remain, and cause difficulties. Our Palmdale general dentist allows you to get a new start on strong and vibrant teeth and you leave with a mouth that feels fresh. If any signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, were noted, a teeth cleaning also typically reverses this.
Our Palmdale general dentist will also screen you for oral cancers. As with cancer anywhere in the body, early detection is strongly linked the best outcomes. As part of our dental care, any signs of concern will result in you being referred to an appropriate specialist for follow-up.