In a statement from the Surgeon General, they clearly lay out that “oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans and can be achieved by all Americans.” At Edinburg Family Dentistry, we strongly agree and pride ourselves on being able to help the community achieve this goal.
Importance of Routine Teeth Cleanings and Exams
Regular cleanings and exams are an important foundation for your oral health. Even those with impeccable oral hygiene still need assistance removing plaque and tartar. Our dental hygienist will help remove these decay-forming materials from hard to reach spots and leave you with a sparkling shine.
Beyond a cleaning, the dental exam is an integral part of preventive dental health. There are many areas that the dentist will inspect to identify any warning signs for the following:
- Cavities – through physical inspection and x-rays, we can determine if there are any cavities that need to be filled or if there are any weak spots under the surface.
- Gum disease – by flossing between teeth and inspecting for sensitive areas, your dentist can determine if there are any signs of gum disease.
- Oral cancer – like many other early cancer screenings, the survival rate increases the earlier it is detected. By visually and physically inspecting the mouth, your dentist can alert you to any warning signs.
- Previous dental work – for those with prior fillings, crowns, dental implants or other dental appliances, the biannual exam allows the dentist to inspect them and make sure they are in proper working order. Small early fixes can be easier and less costly than larger repairs.