Exams and Cleaning

Taking Care of Those Teeth: Why Dental Exams and Cleanings are Important

Dentist examination and cleaning patient teeth in the office with metal dental pick tool.Oral health is something that needs to be taken seriously for all individuals who have teeth and gums. Whether they are false teeth or natural teeth, there is no replacement for caring for them in order to ensure that the aesthetic value of the mouth is not compromised overtime and that other oral issues do not arise without warning. No matter what age or what level of care the teeth have received in the past, it is vital for individuals to get regular dental exams and cleanings. These help to ensure the teeth are cared for and that they are developing as regularly as possible.

Unfortunately, dental anxiety is real and millions of individuals suffer from it. Dental anxiety is literally the fear of dental exams and going to the dentist. This can develop for a variety of reasons and can cause problems in a patient receiving the care that they not only need but deserve. Therefore, for those that may face this anxiety or not see the need to pay a visit to a dentist, the following outlines the importance of regular dental exams and cleanings and why they are so important. Furthermore, as a way to alleviate the anxiety that we at Lighthouse Dental Care know and understand can really delay care, the process and what may be involved—in general terms of course—is discussed.

Can Dental Exams and Cleanings Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a real problem that many individuals face. It is problematic for a variety of reasons but, in extreme cases, can result in infections and even loss of teeth. The main reason that this develops is because of a plaque buildup along the gum lines and between teeth. Left untreated, these problems can result in numerous different issues and the development of gum disease. Though highly preventable in many cases, if dental exams and dental cleanings are avoided for extended periods of time, the result can be pretty bad and aesthetically displeasing. Therefore, patients should seek dental advice regularly to prevent a larger problem down the line.

Will My Smile Look Better?

If you have regular dental exams or dental cleanings, there is a good chance that your smile will look better in the long run. This is because dentists can identify the problems that may jeopardize cosmetic value of the teeth sooner and can remedy concerns that may be present. Further, dental experts at regular exams can actually help you to create and develop a prevention plan that is right for you and your smile goals. Additionally, these regular meetings will help you to start to connect with your dentist and provide you both time to really learn what the other is all about and develop the relationship that is vital for any health professional. Therefore, consider it both a smile-improving and relationship improving necessity.

Can Dental Exams Help With Cancer Prevention?

oral-cancer-screening2Dentists like our Dr. Mark Samuels may not be thought of as a first line of defense in preventing oral cancers and detecting them but they are. Many cancers that are connected to the oral region like throat and mouth cancer as well as those that are located elsewhere can present symptoms in the mouth region first. Therefore, a well-trained dental expert will be able to not only see these anomalies but may also be able to detect what is occurring at a much sooner rate than others, if the dental exam and dental cleaning is performed on a regular basis. That is why it is so important for patients to schedule an appointment with Lighthouse Dental Care to prevent cancer from presenting or spreading without patient knowledge.

What Is Involved in a Dental Exam or Dental Cleaning?

Speaking in general terms, as each patient is different and may require different approaches, dental exams and cleanings involve two very distinct areas. First, a dental expert like those at our very own Lighthouse Dental Care in Stratford, CT, will start to take the time to get to know you and your mouth. This is done through both physical and visual observations, and may also require other activities and diagnostic tools such as an x-ray to see the internal components and structures of the teeth.

Plus, a dental expert will take this time to clean the teeth. Using a series of abrasives such as a metal pick or water pick, a dental expert will begin to remove the plaque buildup that can really impact the teeth. He or she will also talk to you about what corrective steps are need in the future and what to expect from your oral health progress.

Where Do I Turn to Begin?

Your oral health is important but building a relationship with a dentist can be difficult if you are unsure of where to turn or where to go. That is where we at Lighthouse Dental Care can help. Lighthouse Dental Care and our team are ready to guide you through every step in the process, help you to build that relationship, and give you the confidence you need for all of your dental exams. For more information or to set up an appointment, call us at (203) 742-1027.

Office Hours

Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Our Location

Lighthouse Dental Care

88 Ryders Lane
Stratford, CT 06614

Phone: (203) 742-1027
Fax: (203) 380-8390