It may seem like with daily brushing and flossing, regular visits to the dentist are unnecessary, but they are vital in helping you maintain your oral health. Dentists do more than clean your teeth during your routine visits, they also conduct exams to make sure you aren’t developing any dental concerns. Between good at-home care and dental visits twice a year, we can work together to keep your dental health on track.
Importance of Dental Visits
- Cleanings – When plaque isn’t removed quickly enough, it can calcify into tartar, which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. In order to remove tartar, your dentist must use a special tool to scrape the tartar from your teeth. Yet, if tartar isn’t removed, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Your dentist might also apply a fluoride treatment to help shield your teeth against bacteria and tooth decay.
- Exams – During your exams, your dentist will check each tooth for signs of gingivitis and cavities. Even those with good oral hygiene habits can develop these issues due to genetics, diet, and tobacco use. This may include an x-ray to examine what your dental health looks like below the gum line since some cavities and bone loss cannot be seen easily.
- Oral cancer screenings – Oral cancer is a big issue for those that use tobacco, but it can also effect people with great oral health. Having screenings done regularly can mean the difference between catching it early, or after it has spread.
- Catch general health issues – One major benefit of seeing your dentist regularly is they can often catch early signs of many general health concerns before you experience symptoms. Inflammatory disease such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s can all be diagnosed by your dentist. Dentists catch these issues more often because people normally see their dentist more often than a physician for check-ups.
It’s Never Too Late
Even if you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, it is never too late to get your oral health back on track. We can treat even late stages of gum disease and tooth decay before they cause further harm. If you live in Tysons Corner, VA and would like to schedule your six-month cleaning and exam, please contact Dr. Ardalan Sanati, Dr. Shohreh Shahram, and their team at Tyson Dentistry today!