Your oral health is not just important for your smile. Issues with teeth and gums can also affect your overall well-being. Our comprehensive dental exams and cleanings in CDA can play a major role in keeping you and your smile healthy.
The condition of your oral health can provide clues to issues with your general health, and dental problems can impact other areas of your body if undetected, with infections spreading to vital organs.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning.
During your check-up, we will be on the alert for any signs of tooth decay and the cavities it can cause, which can infect the soft center of a tooth and spread to its root. Symptoms of decay include soft spots and yellowing of a tooth’s enamel. Another warning sign of potential decay is a build-up of plaque and tartar.
You may think that a dental exam is solely about checking for dental decay and cavities, but there’s far more to it than that. Our dental check-ups can spot many problems besides indications of tooth decay.
Our dental exams include oral cancer screening to detect symptoms that might indicate cancer of the mouth or throat. Survival rates for cancer are good when the disease is diagnosed during the early stages. Most oral cancers are detected by dentists during routine exams.
Ideal Family Dentistry will also be keeping a close eye on the condition of your gums and look for any deep spaces between your teeth and gums, which can indicate gum disease. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 per cent of people in the U.S. aged 30 or over has gum disease, caused by the same plaque and tartar accumulations that result in cavities.
One clue you may have gum disease is persistent bad breath, which can also indicate cavities, a yeast infection of the mouth or respiratory problems such as bronchitis. Bad breath can also be a symptom of diabetes and disorders of the liver, kidneys or lungs.
Ideal Family Dentistry’s dental exams include cutting-edge digital X-ray technology to see what’s going on beneath the surface of your teeth and gums to detect problems hidden from the naked eye, such as cavities between your teeth and problems with dentin, the layer of a tooth beneath the protective enamel.
We incorporate teeth cleaning in our dental exams to get rid of bacteria, plaque and tartar, which can accumulate even if you brush and floss regularly.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will use special instruments to gently remove these deposits while taking care not to damage your teeth. If plaque calcifies into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional. We will also floss between your teeth and give them a good polish to eliminate stains.
Professional cleanings help to prevent gum disease, cavities and tooth loss, while giving you fresher breath. Cleanings every six months are usually sufficient but may be needed more often, depending on the condition of your oral health.
To get the most out of your professional cleaning, you need to maintain a good routine of brushing and flossing at home, and we will advise you on the most effective techniques.
Our dental exams and cleanings in CDA are designed to enhance your smile, prevent dental decay and gum disease, and keep your breath fresh.
They also play a vital role in maintaining your overall health, and decrease the likelihood of future dental problems requiring expensive treatments.