We don’t usually think about going to the dentist or the doctor until there’s a problem. We don’t think about the doctor until we get really sick and we don’t think about the dentist until we have a toothache. When it comes to dental health, that’s a problem. The old saying goes, “prevention is the best cure” and it’s never truer than when you’re talking about dental health. Getting to the dentist for your regular cleanings is the best way to prevent common dental diseases like cavities, gingivitis and more.
During a checkup, dentists are looking for a few specific signs that indicate the level of a patient’s dental health. Depending on how things look, a dentist can take preventative measure or intervene to stop a problem from getting any worse.
Examining your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough checkup with Dr. Stark. During your appointment, he will most likely gauge the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination, and check your mouth for any indications of diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, or oral cancer. It is not uncommon for your dentist to also examine your face, bite, saliva and the movement of your lower jaw joints.
Your South Jordan dentist or dental hygienist will use your appointment to clean your teeth and advise you in the areas where your dental hygiene might be lacking.
When we don’t keep to our dental hygiene the way we should, which includes brushing and flossing daily, we leave plaque deposits on our teeth. After 72 hours, plaque can harden and turn into tartar that can only a dentist can remove. Failing to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which produces acid that weakens our teeth, makes us more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities.
If it’s been six months or more since your last visit to the dentist, make an appointment as soon as possible to schedule a dental cleaning and an exam. Call us or contact us to schedule an appointment today.