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Don’t Skip Your Trips To The Dentist

Seattle WA dentist offers preventive care including cleanings and examinaions

If you consistently brush and floss at home, it may seem redundant to visit the dentist every six months. Your teeth and gums may appear and feel to be in good condition, so why have them cleaned and examined? The reason for biannual checkups is to maintain your oral health and detect problems early so they can be treated promptly if any issues do arise. Today, your Seattle, WA dentist is here to remind you to come in for your checkup.

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What Is Included In Your Cleaning

At home, you should be brushing and flossing at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible. This can help remove bacteria and prevent common problems like cavities. During your cleaning, your dentist will use special tools to help remove plaque buildup that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. This buildup may occur in areas that you miss when brushing and can lead to tooth decay if left ignored.

The Importance Of Routine Examinations

The second part of your checkup will include an examination. During your cleaning, your dentist may examine your teeth and gums to look for signs of cavities or inflammation. They may be able to see decay by a visible hole on a tooth, or sensitivity in the area. Gingivitis may be noticed if your gums are swollen, red, or bleeding during the cleaning process. X-rays may also be taken during the examination to get a closer look at your oral cavity. These images can help see decay, misalignment problems, or impacted teeth. For instance, if you have a wisdom tooth growing in, it may not be able to push through the gumline. An X-ray can help see this structure and help determine when an extraction may be necessary. Another important part of the examination is checking for signs of oral cancer. Your dentist will look for signs such as sores or rough patches on your mouth, tongue, or gums. If any noticeable concerns are found, they can refer you to an oncologist for a biopsy. Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can help increase your chances of recovery.

If It Has Been A While Since Your Last Appointment

We understand that things can happen which may prevent your ability to see the dentist. Whether you have missed your checkup by a few months, or it has been several years since your last visit, you should still see the dentist as soon as possible. Many common dental problems can go undetected for long periods before causing problems. To avoid needing extensive restorations in the future, come in for a visit. If you have anxiety regarding dental work, you can talk to your team about sedation or other ways to feel comfortable.

Come In For Your Checkup

Routine cleanings and examinations help keep your smile healthy. To schedule an appointment with Hygge Laser Dentistry in Seattle, WA, call us at 206-789-2555.

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