When is the last time you had your teeth examined by a dentist? It is not uncommon for people to avoid going to the dentist, but in doing so you open the door for bacteria, cavities, and other oral issues. According to The American Dental Association, you should visit your local dentist every 6 months for a thorough dental exam.
Even if your teeth look and feel fine, problems can fester beneath the surface where only a dentist can identify them. Regular dental check ups keep small dental issues from ballooning into dental emergencies that can impact your daily life, health, and wellbeing.
For your next Brooklyn New York dental examination, Willoughby Dental offers the detail-oriented care you deserve.
What Will Your Dental Check Up Include?
A dental check up includes close attention to all facets of your mouth, including teeth, gums, head, neck, and your jaw alignment. Dental check ups also serve as an opportunity for your teeth to be cleaned of stubborn plaque and debris a toothbrush and floss can’t access. Regularly having your teeth cleaned will not only give you a whiter, brighter, more confident smile, but also will reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. To further identify any budding cavities, your dental check up may also include x-rays.
Your dental examination can identify both visual and tactile signs of problems, including:
-Tooth decay and other forms of tooth damage
-Improper tooth growth or a misaligned jaw
Signs Your Teeth Require A Dental Exam
No matter what, you should go to your dentist for a tooth exam once every 6 months, but we know people don’t always go to the dentist as often as they should.
Here are some signs you need to visit the dentist chair as soon as possible:
-It has been over 6 months since your last dental check up
-You are experiencing tooth sensitivity, any sort of tooth pain is usually related to dental decay.
-You have bad breath no matter how much you brush or floss.
-You notice changes in the appearance or function of your teeth
Regular Dental Check Up Costs & Savings
Your dental exam can fluctuate in cost based on a few factors, including the need for x-rays and any additional treatments. Regularly visiting your local dentist will save you money. Without dental exams and professional teeth cleaning, you are at risk for severe tooth decay, including painful cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease.
When caught early on, dental decay is very easy to treat but invasive dental techniques become necessary when decay is allowed to build up. This is why preventative dental exams are the best, most affordable, option when it comes to protecting your teeth.
Proper preventative dental care includes:
-Brush your teeth 2-3 times each day, and floss once every 24 hours.
-Do self-examinations on your mouth, taking note of any changes in appearance or sensation.
-Eat a teeth-healthy diet, and when you do eat anything sugary brush your teeth as soon as possible to remove trapped food particles from your mouth. Every time you consume sugary drinks or foods, the sugar attacks your teeth for up to 20 minutes, stripping away the enamel necessary for protection against cavities.
-Drink plenty of water; a dry mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
-No matter how good your oral healthcare is at home, you should visit your local dentist every 6 months for a dental check up.
Preventative Dental Exams At Willoughby Dental
Willoughby Dental provides Brooklyn New York dental examinations to patients of all ages. We guarantee our personalized approach to dental care will benefit the beauty and wellbeing of your smile. Call us today to schedule your dental exam at (718) 395-9105.