Cleanings and Checkup
An Investment in Your Oral Health
If you maintain scrupulous oral hygiene at home, you may be tempted to skip your six-month dental checkup from time to time. Just because you do not notice any oral health problems does not mean that your mouth is completely healthy. Cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer often present very few symptoms in their earliest stages and are easy for patients to miss. Our Modern Dental Health dentist, however, use an expert eye and advanced technology to catch these problems in their early stages when they are easier to treat. Skipping your checkup because of the time and expense involved can lead to costly and time-consuming dental treatments later on. Consider your checkup and cleaning an investment in your oral health and make a commitment to seeing your Sacramento, Sparks, Lodi or Stockton dentist for regular checkups.
At your checkup, your Modern Dental Health dentist will perform a thorough visual inspection of your mouth, probing your teeth to check for decay and your gums to look for signs of periodontal disease. Your general dentist will also inspect your teeth for signs of damage or abnormal wear, which may indicate bruxism, a condition characterized by teeth grinding and clenching. A check of your bite alignment and temporomandibular joints (TMJs) will help detect any imbalances in your jaw that may cause chronic pain. Digital X-rays and intraoral cameras may also be used to help detect problems not visible to the human eye. Your checkup also includes a complete screening for oral cancer, in which your dentist will visually inspect the soft tissues of your mouth and your lips, throat, and neck for signs of unusual lesions or lumps. If abnormal cells are found, Dr. Hayashi will perform an OralCDX brush test to determine if the cells are cancerous. Caught in the earliest stages, oral cancer is highly treatable, as are other oral health issues for which you receive screening at each checkup.
Clean Teeth Are Healthy Teeth
Cleaning your teeth and gums regularly at home is only half the battle in preventing dental problems. Even when you brush and floss carefully, some hard-to-reach areas can be difficult to clean thoroughly. When plaque and bacteria are left behind, you can develop tooth decay and gum disease. The best way to ensure that your at-home oral hygiene regimen is effective is to have your dental hygienist perform a professional cleaning every six months, which consists of a buffing and polishing of the tooth surface, even below the gum line. A smoother tooth surface is less likely to attract and collect plaque and bacteria, which makes your daily teeth cleaning routine that much easier.