Along with brushing and flossing daily, it is recommended that you visit Dr. Z and her team of hygienists for a cleaning and exam twice a year (every six months) to maintain good oral health. Exams are important because dental issues such as periodontal disease often do not present obvious symptoms until they have reached a more advanced stage, at which point treatment will be more complicated and expensive. Other issues that your Dr. Z may catch in their early stages during a dental exam are cavities and oral cancer.
Even though you may have a dedicated oral hygiene routine and you brush and floss regularly, it is possible – and likely – that you are leaving traces of food debris and plaque on the tooth surfaces. There are areas of the teeth, especially in the back, that are difficult to reach with home care. Leaving these substances on the teeth for prolonged periods of time can allow them to cause damage to your teeth. Only Dr. Zohar or one of our professional hygienists at SS Dental will be able to remove this plaque with thorough dental cleanings.
During a routine dental exam, the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth overall will be evaluated. Dr. Z will check for signs of plaque and cavities as well as the development of periodontal disease. Dr. Z will also conduct an oral cancer exam and an oral cancer screening for those patients at higher risk of oral cancer. Dr. Z recommends her patients have dental x-rays taken at least one time per year. At SS Dental, x-rays are an important tool in maintaining your oral health. We believe “To see is to know. Not to see is to guess. We will not guess when it comes to your health.” Contact SS Dental today to schedule your exam with Dr. Z.
After your exam, you will have teeth cleaning performed by one of our caring hygienists. First, she will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces down to the gum line and between the teeth. Following that, a high-powered toothbrush and special toothpaste (with a grittier consistency) will be used to polish your teeth. The gritty texture of the toothpaste helps it to thoroughly scrub and polish the tooth surfaces. The smoother the less likely that plaque and stains will adhere to the surface of your teeth. The hygienist will then floss your teeth, which has the dual purpose of removing tartar and leftover toothpaste as well as alerting the hygienist of problem areas in the gums where there might be bleeding. You will finish the cleaning with a good mouth rinse with fresh water.
It may not seem like a big deal to skip dental appointments, but these visits are actually very important for your oral health. Our team at SS Dental is dedicated to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for our patients near Dallas, Richardson, Carrollton, Addison, Frisco, McKinney, Garland, Rowlett, Allen, and The Colony as well as in Plano and the DFW area. Contact us today to schedule your exam and cleaning at SS Dental. Schedule an appointment for your dental cleaning and exam at SS Dental today to maintain your oral health.