The Importance of Regular Checkups
Regular dental checkups are an integral part of long-term dental health. Early prevention and diagnosis can prevent major restorative procedures and potential tooth loss.
Periodic cleaning also help reduce oral bacteria count, removes plaque and tartar and helps in the prevention of periodontal disease. Most insurance plans cover routine cleanings, exams and x-rays twice per year at little or no out-of-pocket expense.
Typical preventative visits include a cleaning and polishing, full oral exam, x-rays once per year, fluoride (typically for children and teenagers) and periodontal probing. There will also be plenty of time to talk with Dr. Leslie about any dental needs and/or concerns.
Dental cleanings are necessary for removing plaque and tartar from teeth. Removal of unwanted build up can keep your teeth cavity free and your gums healthy.
We recommend two cleanings per year to minimize tartar and plaque, which can lead to periodontal disease and tooth decay.
1.) The pink tissue surrounding teeth is called the gums. If the gums recede they can expose the tooth root and make the a tooth more susceptible to cavities and sensitivity. Aggressive brushing, periodontal disease, and tobacco use are leading causes of gum recession.
2.) The enamel is the outer, hard layer of the tooth that protects the inner layers. Once the enamel is breached a tooth has a cavity.
3.) Under the enamel is dentin. Dentin is the layer of tooth between the enamel and the pulp (nerve). It is often very sensitive if exposed.
4.) The nerve of the tooth caries blood and nutrients to a healthy tooth. When the nerve becomes infected people often experience extreme pain and swelling. At this point the tooth has become abscessed and will need to be treated as soon as possible.