Preventive dental examinations

Preventive dental examinations

Preventive dental examinations are crucial for the oral health of everyone.  It is advised by dental hygienists that every individual should go through a preventive dental check up every six months. This ensures that any type of tooth or gum disease is treated at the right time.

If any type of tooth or gum disease or symptom is not treated in the early stages it could  cause more damage to the oral cavity in the future. Symptoms such as redness of the gums, gum irritation, gum sensitivity, plaque, etc are often ignored by people. When these symptoms lead to more serious diseases like the periodontal disease or any other similar disorder, then the treatment becomes more complex. The frequent visits to a professional dental hygienist ensures that your complete oral cavity is healthy, and in the case of any deficiency, the treatment can be initiated right away. For instance, if tooth decay is overlooked by an individual and the proper treatment is not started, then the individual may lose the tooth.

Preventive dental examinations include checking if there are any cavities in the teeth. Broken fillings or crowns are also checked. In the case of tooth decay or any other deficiency, treatment is initiated right away. Then the gums are checked by the dental hygienist. Special instruments and devices can be used by the hygienist to check the possibility of periodontal disease or other similar gum diseases. Subsequently, the soft tissues, the jaws and the coupled muscles are checked.  These are checked to find the any evidence of ulcers or other lesions. Radiographs have also become a part of the preventive dental examinations now. Radiographs have the potential to identify any hidden decay between the teeth and the gums.

Even people who don't have natural teeth, and instead have dentures, have to visit a dental hygienist frequently for preventive dental examination. The hygiene of the oral cavity is still important for those people as the bacteria in the mouth can still be unsafe for the health.

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