Exam & Cleaning
Most dental problems are preventable with regular home care and professional dental cleanings and exams. Problems such as periodontal disease can be prevented when calculus and tartar buildup around tooth surfaces and disease-causing bacteria are removed by a professional hygienist. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, complications with pregnancy, and other diseases, which makes prevention extremely important.
Other dental procedures, like fillings, are much easier for you (and less expensive!) when they are treated before they get larger.
EVERY 6 MONTHS is adequate for patients with un-restored, un-crowded teeth with no susceptibility to gum disease and low risk of decay.
EVERY 3-4 MONTHS is recommended for patients with active periodontal (or “gum”) disease, excessive dry mouth, high risk of decay, or those under orthodontic care.
If the hygienist finds excessive buildup or signs of infection or disease (periodontal disease), multiple appointments or a referral to a periodontal specialist may be recommended.
Dental Exams and Cleanings from Your Idaho Falls Dentist at Mudrow Family Dental
We get it – almost no one likes seeing the dentist. Even if it’s for a routine exam and a simple cleaning. That said, regularly seeing your dentist will pay off massively in the long term.
Most people don’t brush and floss as often as they should. What’s more, when they do brush, they don’t brush well enough. How many of us can say we brush our teeth twice a day, for two minutes, hitting all key areas of the mouth, with the correct pressure and motions? How many less can say we also floss twice a day as well?
Over time, plaque builds up in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and works its magic – that magic being the erosion of the various layers of the teeth due to its acidic nature. It works like this:
- Plaque attacks the enamel, the protective outer layer of the tooth
- It then moves to the dentin, the hard, bony part of the tooth
- It begins to wear a hole in the dentin, causing a cavity (at this point, things start to hurt)
- It makes its way into the tooth pulp, the soft tissue underneath the dentin that contains the tooth nerve, and creates an infection (at this point, things really start to hurt)
- An inflamed pocket of pus appears near the tooth nerve, usually at the gumline
Ultimately, the tooth dies. In fact, far worse can happen. Dental decay has been associated with problems as extreme as heart attack and stroke!
Your Idaho Falls dentist as Mudrow Family Dental can stop this process before it gets worse. Dental cleanings are often all it takes to prevent a cavity, and from there, more serious problems.