General check up is a thorough examination of your overall teeth including oral cancer screening and periodontal assessment. The dentist may need to take an X-ray to check if you have decay, problem with back teeth or molars that could develop in areas that can’t be seen easily such as between the teeth. Oral prophylaxis (also known as teeth cleaning) is a procedure to remove dental calculus where the dentist uses a small and metal scaler to scrape off tartar above and below the gum line, and/ or ultrasonic vibrating device to loosen plaque and tartar. It buildup strongly on your teeth bonded to the enamel which can be only removed by a dental profession. While a professional cleaning only takes 30 minutes to an hour, the benefits of this preventative treatment are long-lasting. This treatment also includes flossing to clean in between the teeth and polishing to remove stains. We can get you back on track with our amazing dentist who do a thorough job while maintaining your comfort levels.
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The benefits of a professional cleaning:
Improve your overall health. Your oral health and your overall well-being are intrinsically linked. Gum disease can lead to severe issues like heart disease, respiratory illness, and premature birth. Halitosis (or bad breath) can be symptomatic of stomach issues. By scheduling your regular cleaning, you can prevent and diagnose health issues before they begin.
Prevent disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque and bacteria hidden on your teeth. By scheduling regular cleanings, you can prevent plaque from building up and causing gingivitis, an infection of the gums that leads to gum disease.
Eliminate tartar buildup. When plaque has been left on your teeth for too long, it turns to a dark-tinted deposit on your teeth known as tartar. Unfortunately, tartar cannot be brushed away with a toothbrush, but must be removed by a professional during your cleaning.
Fight tooth decay. Over time, the harmful acids released by plaque can lead to tooth decay. If left untreated, this decay can become both painful and costly, even requiring root canal procedures and crowns in severe cases. Professional cleanings will allow you to eliminate this plaque before it can become problematic.
Save money. Regular cleanings allow you to prevent having to receive costly restorative procedures like gum disease treatments, root canals, and more. A pain-free preventative cleaning can save you a lot of money in the long-run!
Enhance your smile. A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Professional cleaning treatments will remove harmful tartar and unpleasant stains to give you a smile you can be proud of!
With routine check-ups at the dentist, gum disease can be easily prevented. However, an 70% of adults over the age of 35 some form of the disease, which can ultimately cause severe health issues like stroke, respiratory illness, heart disease and more if left untreated.
Gum disease begins with gingivitis—an infection caused bacteria found in plaque. If it is left untreated, the disease can progress to exhibit a number of painful symptoms, including receding gums, tooth loss, and more.
While gum disease is asymptomatic in its earliest stages, there are a number of risk factors for to be aware of in order to catch this illness before it can really advance. If you suffer from chronic stress, bruxism, diabetes, or have a genetic predisposition to the disease, you may be at higher risk. Also, smoking, certain medications, and poor nutrition can increase the likelihood of getting gum disease. If you meet any of these criteria, schedule a routine check-up right away to take the necessary preventative measures.