You’ve been made to believe that you only start losing your permanent teeth when you get “old” and by old we usually think those over 65 years old. The truth is, if you don’t care for your teeth you can start losing them as early as 20 or 30 years old. In today’s beauty obsessed world we’re sure that you’d want to hold on to your natural teeth far much longer, right? Even though cosmetic dentistry has created artificial teeth that look like the real thing, you can’t deny the fact that you’ll feel more confident smiling with natural teeth. How do you care for your teeth and what is the role of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha in keeping your teeth and gums healthy?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you are advised to see your dentist twice a year but if you are suffering from oral diseases you’ll need to schedule more frequent visits like every 3 to 4 months. The reason is because your dentist is part of your journey in achieving and maintaining optimum dental health. How does your dentist care for your teeth? In what ways do dental health specialists contribute to your oral health? Here’s how:
Dental X-Rays – x-rays are usually taken when you visit your dentist to check for the presence of cavities and to evaluate the height of your jawbone. This is also done on children to check the position of their developing teeth.
Oral Examinations – during a dental examination your dentist will inspect your teeth for visible signs of decay and check to see if there are soft spots on your enamel. Soft areas indicate early stage of cavity development. Aside from checking for signs of cavities and tooth decay, your dentist will also measure the pockets that surround your teeth as this can indicate gum disease.
Screen for Oral Cancer – according to statistics nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year and around 10,000 die because of it. The good thing about oral cancer is that it can be treated and metastasis can be prevented if you see your dentist regularly. During a routine dental checkup your dentist will screen you for oral cancer that means he or she will inspect your lips, neck, mouth, tongue and head for signs and symptoms of the disease. Early detection means early treatment.
Professional Teeth Cleaning – do you know that even if you are the most diligent brusher and flosser plaque can still make its way in your mouth? The reason is because there are certain areas in your mouth that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach and these are the areas that are prone to plaque buildup. The only way to remove plaque is to have your teeth scaled and polished by your dentist, which is why it is advised that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months to keep plaque and tartar at bay. Your dentist has special tools to effectively remove plaque and tartar to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Just so you know, when plaque is left to linger on your teeth it will predispose you to cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.
Home Care Instructions – you were told to brush and floss your teeth at home but the question is, are you doing it right? There is a certain technique to effective brushing. Similarly, there is also a technique in flossing. If you do it right you won’t be able to remove food particles in your teeth an in between it. During a dental checkup, your dentist will show you how it’s done.
So you see, you can’t really maintain the health of your teeth and gums by yourself. You’ll need the help of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha.