Because of our commitment to the absolute best dental care, we recommend a checkup every six months. Many dental problems start small, but may become worse if unaddressed. We would like to save our patients a lot of unnecessary time and money. Regular checkups enable us to catch problems before they become serious conditions:
- Plaque buildup
- Cracked or leaking fillings
- Bad bite
One treatable problem which could develop into a serious condition, if unnoticed, is the buildup of Plaque. Plaque is a sticky film caused by the food and bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. Plaque can harden in as little as 24 hours to become tartar. Even with proper brushing and flossing, most people aren’t able to remove all the plaque every day. The result is tartar buildup.
Plaque and tartar buildup are the main cause of gingivitis, which is an inflammation that makes gums swell and bleed. Gingivitis is reversible, but if it’s not treated; it can lead to periodontal disease, which is an infection that causes receding gums, bone loss and sometimes tooth loss.
The bacteria in plaque can cause tooth decay. A small cavity can easily be fixed, but if it grows into the softer inner dentin layer of the tooth, it can reach the pulp chamber very quickly, causing pain and further infection.
Failed fillings can also lead to more decay. Unless they’re treated early, decay will most likely lead to a need for root canal treatment and crowns.
Our checkups include, oral cancer screening, checking for misaligned teeth. We also check your jaw joints, gum health, and look for bone loss.
To keep dental problems from becoming serious, we recommend twice yearly checkups. Regular cleanings enable us to keep tartar from accumulating on your teeth. Regular exams are the best way to eliminate the growth phase of dental problems, and minimize the time and money you spend in the dental chair.