Dental Exams and Cleanings Are Essential for Your Healthy Smile
Regular dental exams and cleanings at our Denver, CO, office are a simple but crucial step in the protection of your lifelong oral health. Biannual visits to the dentist can prevent painful and costly conditions, such as decay and gum disease. Regular exams can also help to detect oral cancer in its earliest stages. Dr. Kyle F. Long uses advanced digital x-rays to perform the most accurate examinations possible. While prevention is his primary goal, he also offers a diverse range of restorative and cosmetic procedures if he finds any problems. Because cleanings and exams are essential for all ages, we proudly offer preventive care for the whole family.
The Importance of Cleanings and Exams
Cavities are a common dental problem, but they are usually avoidable with proper dental care. Decay develops when there is a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. These microbes derive their energy from sugar and other starches in your food and produce acids, which will erode your dental enamel and, eventually, the deeper layers of your tooth. Although brushing and flossing can help to combat decay, only professional care can fully remove harmful bacteria.
Additionally, a dental cleaning can combat gum disease, which is also caused by bacteria. As the microbes spread, they will eventually create pockets around your tooth roots, causing the soft tissues to pull away. You could experience a host of symptoms, including tooth loss.
Although brushing and flossing can help to combat decay, only professional care can fully remove harmful bacteria.
Finally, regular dental visits will help us to uncover serious problems early on. If you do develop decay or gum disease, Dr. Long can provide immediate treatment. He can also screen for oral cancer during these visits. Because it is easier to treat this condition in the early stages, routine dental visits could even save your life.
What Should You Expect during a Cleaning and Exam?
When you come in for your regular dental visit, your hygienist will first clean your teeth, gently removing bacteria from your teeth and gum line. We will also eliminate plaque and tartar, the stubborn substances that form when bacteria accumulate in your mouth. If you exhibit the symptoms of gum disease, your hygienist may also perform a deep cleaning. During this treatment, we will remove pockets of bacteria from your gums to restore health to the soft tissue.
After your cleaning, Dr. Long will conduct a comprehensive exam. First, he will visually check your teeth and gums. He will look for enamel erosion, external dental damage, and soft tissue inflammation. If applicable, he will also inspect your crowns, fillings, and other restorations. If they are compromised in any way, he can provide a stable and lifelike replacement. For the most accurate examination, Dr. Long will take x-rays of your teeth. Our precise digital images can reveal decay, infection, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. They can also reveal the positions of dental roots and incoming teeth. In this way, we can determine whether you might require orthodontic care or wisdom tooth removal.
Finally, Dr. Long will perform your oral cancer screening. He will evaluate your gums, tongue, soft palate, throat, and the floor of your mouth. As he does, he will look for inflammation, red patches, and other signs of oral cancer. To diagnose any abnormalities, he will usually order a biopsy.
Should You Schedule a Cleaning and Exam?
Patients of all ages will benefit from dental cleanings and exams. Even children are susceptible to decay, and, in fact, they may be more prone to cavities than their parents. Similarly, seniors who wear full dentures will still need to visit our office regularly. Although they are not subject to cavities, they are still at risk for gum disease and oral cancer. Therefore, we recommend that all patients visit our office at least twice a year. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or cancer, you should see us three to four times per year. You should also visit our office more often if you suffer from frequent dental decay.
Book Your Appointment Today
Take charge of your dental health and beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Long’s office today to book your regular cleaning and exam.