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Why Dental Exams and Cleanings Are Essential for Healthy Smiles

Dr. Hellwig Nov 24, 2015

Looking at a dental x-rayWhen it comes to good dental health, the basics are crucial for a healthy smile. That's why patients can count on Dr. Peter Hellwig. A leading San Diego dentist, he grounds his practice in advanced general dentistry that focuses on total wellness.

The heart of a good general dentistry practice is the regular dental exam. Even though it only happens twice a year, it can make a major difference with your smile.

Regular Dental Visits Mean Optimal Dental Health

When it comes to achieving good dental health, it's crucial that patients visit their dentists regularly. Seeing a dentist every six months will ensure that you get the proper dental care you need to have the healthiest smile possible. Even if you brush and floss regularly, it may not be enough to address potential dental health issues. A dentist will be able to perform advanced therapies and preventative procedures that you cannot do yourself at home.

X-Rays and Advanced Diagnostics

During a dental visit, getting x-rays taken is an important part of treatment. X-rays and other kinds of advanced imaging options will give dentists a detailed look at the workings of your mouth. This means the teeth, the gums, and the jaw joint can all be analyzed for potential issues that affect your dental health and total wellness.

Checking for Lesions and Other Dental Problems

In addition to advanced dental imaging, dentists will also check the teeth and gums for damage and other kinds of problems. For instance, a cold sore or lesion on the gums may be the sign of a more serious health problem, such as oral cancer. A dentist will have the knowledge and expertise to identify these advanced problems.

Routine Dental Cleanings Are Thorough and Effective

During your visit, a routine dental cleaning is performed. This will involve flossing and the use of an electric toothbrush, with just a little bit of scraping as well. The dentist and dental hygienist will be extremely thorough when flossing and brushing your teeth, making sure that all the hard-to-reach spots are carefully cleaned.

Discussing Your Needs and Health Issues In More Detail

Another important part of the dental visit will be a discussion about your future dental care needs. You can speak with your dentist about your concerns and challenges you've been facing, and get the information you need for what needs to be addressed. It's a two-way street since this conversation with your dentist will also lead to some additional insight into some of the dental health issues that you may be facing.

Planning Future Dental Care Treatments

During a dental visit, you may find out that you require more advanced dental care procedures in the near future, such as a tooth extraction, some oral surgery, or a major dental restoration procedure. In such cases, your routine dental visits can be used to help plan the future treatment process, allowing you to learn more about what to expect.

Providing Tips for Prevention and Oral Hygiene

On top of all the things that can be done for you during a dental visit, your dentist will provide you with tips on improving your oral hygiene practices and advice on how to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other kind of problems.

Contact Our Practice About Routine Cleanings

For more information about routine dental exams and cleanings, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Peter Hellwig and the entire team at the practice will help you have the healthiest smile possible.

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