Here at HPS Advanced Dental, we often hear that clients dread coming to the office for regular check-ups. Even though we strive to provide an office experience that is not only friendly to your teeth but is also friendly to your mind and well-being, it still surprises us that many patients avoid our office until they have a problem that they can see or feel. Regular office visits are important to maintaining a healthy mouth and smile. And, the more we learn about how our dental health impacts our entire body, regular visits are important for overall good health.
Visiting our office on a regular basis, at least yearly, allows us to keep a check on the basics of good dental health. We are able to keep your smile clean and healthy with a good cleaning. Even for patients that are diligent about brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up in those hard to reach places. This build-up can lead to cavities and gum disease. Tooth decay is never fun to have repaired. Even small cavities can be a headache to repair. Making a habit of visiting us for regular cleanings will keep the tartar and plaque in check, helping you avoid annoying repairs.
Plaque and tartar can do far more than cause tooth decay. Gum disease or gingivitis is an infection of your gums, caused by the bacteria that lives in tartar and plaque build-up. Minor cases of gum disease can easily be resolved with improved at home care, but more extreme cases can cause extensive damages to your teeth and their underlying structures. Gum disease can also be very painful, so catching it early, through a regular check-up is the key to eliminating the bacteria that causes bleeding, swelling and redness. If you avoid regular office visits, your gum disease may require more extensive cleaning and in some cases surgery, along with medications.
X-Rays Find Hidden Problems
As part of your regular check-up we may take x-rays of your teeth. These are an incredibly important part of regular office visits. X-rays of your teeth allow us to see what is happening below the surface of your gums. We may be able to see if you have an impacted tooth, as is often seen with wisdom teeth. We are also able to see damages to the jaw bone, bone loss, swelling or cysts that may be impossible to see without an x-ray. These dental problems, if left untreated can cause painful and extensive problems with your jaw and teeth.
Those Other Parts
We don’t just look at your teeth when you are sitting in our exam chair. We look at other structures around your face, head, and neck. Many patients are surprised to learn that issues with lymph nodes are often discovered by your dentist, not your doctor. There are so many critical structures in your head and neck, and your dentist is well trained to look for these issues. Whether it’s swollen lymph nodes, inflamed sinuses, or lumps and bumps in your neck, face and jaw, these seemingly small problems can be signs of more serious health issues. Regular visits to your dentist could save your life.
I Am Long Overdue For My Regular Dental Check-up!
A good routine of dental care isn’t just about what you do at home. It also includes regular visits to your dentist. At HPS Advanced Dental, we know that visiting our office can be scary for many patients, and that’s why we practice holistic dentistry. Our care is not just about your teeth, but for your whole body and mind. A comfortable dental experience is what we strive for with each patient. If you are overdue for your regular check-up or are ready for a more comfortable dentist experience, HPS Advanced Dental is here to care for you. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call us today at (248) 652-0024.