Why Bi-Annual Checkups are Important to Your Oral Health
Taking care of your mouth is important. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. While these habits are crucial components in keeping your mouth clean and healthy, they are only a part of the equation. The ADA also recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. These bi-annual checkups are very important. Anchorage Dental Associates is here to help.
Eliminating Buildup on Your Teeth
During your bi-annual checkups, we provide you with a dental cleaning. While brushing and flossing at home are essential habits for eliminating plaque and bacteria buildup, there are some areas of the mouth that can be more difficult to clean than others. Consistently missing certain areas of your mouth can lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria, which can then lead to tooth decay and gum disease, even though you brush and floss every day. With professional cleanings, we can eliminate buildup from all surfaces of teeth, including those areas that you might not be able to clean effectively on your own. We can also remove tartar, or calcified plaque, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush, no matter how often you brush your teeth. Your cleanings enable us to help further you to prevent the development of serious oral health issues.
Providing Early Treatment
Another important part of your bi-annual checkups is a dental exam. During your dental exams, we look over your teeth and gums, checking for issues such as tooth damage, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. We are trained to spot the earliest warning signs of these issues, often before symptoms begin to appear. By detecting issues in their beginning stages, we can provide you with prompt treatment to prevent these issues from worsening. The earlier treatment is provided, the less invasive, and less expensive, it tends to be.
Oral cancer is a serious issue that, without early treatment, can be fatal. However, the earliest warning signs are often difficult, and even impossible, to detect on your own. During your bi-annual checkups, we look over the soft tissues inside your mouth to check for abnormalities that can point toward oral cancer. We can help to detect the condition in its earliest stages, which then allows us to help you get the treatment you need to stop oral cancer in its tracks and restore the health of your mouth.
Checking for Problems Below the Surface
While there are many components in your mouth that can be seen with the naked eye, there are also several areas that cannot be seen. While not taken at every appointment, a key part of your bi-annual exams are regular dental X-rays. With X-rays, we can spot issues between your teeth and below your gum line. We can spot decay, root damage, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, bone damage, and more. We can often spot these issues before symptoms begin to show, which then allows us to provide you with the treatment you need right away.
Routine dental cleanings and exams are a critical part of helping to keep your mouth and smile happy and healthy. If it is time to schedule your next dental checkup, call Anchorage Dental Associates at (907) 885-3666 today.
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