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When combined with proper at-home care, regular dental exams and cleanings can be effective at thwarting gum disease and detecting potential periodontal problems earlier. Dr. Ron L. Shiver recommends a dental exam and cleaning at our Valdosta, GA, office every six months. Our experienced hygienists can perform these periodic dental cleanings to help prevent decay. Early detection makes conditions like gum disease more manageable and easier to treat.
We recommend that patients of all ages receive a professional dental cleaning every six months. Dental cleanings are typically combined with a dental exam as the basis of our general dentistry procedures. One of our skilled hygienists will use specialized dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will then polish and floss your teeth, paying close attention to the areas that you are unable to reach. This polishing can also remove surface stains more effectively than at-home toothpaste, leaving your smile brighter.
Prior to your exam, we may take x-rays of your teeth and jaw so that Dr. Shiver can carefully examine your tooth roots, any restorations in your smile, and your jawbone. We usually will take x-rays every other exam unless you have existing conditions or a history of issues we want to monitor. During your exam, Dr. Shiver will check your teeth for signs of decay or wear and your gums for signs of periodontal disease. He will also examine your bite and jaw for symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Depending on your age and individual risk factors, Dr. Shiver may also perform an oral cancer screening. If he notices any areas of concern, he may take a biopsy for further testing.
While brushing and flossing are important components of maintaining your oral health, they are not always effective methods of removing plaque from hard-to-reach places. For this reason, it is essential that you schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. A thorough cleaning can eliminate any plaque or tartar that has built up in areas that you cannot access with your toothbrush and floss. Regular dental cleanings are also critical in preventing decay and gum disease, dramatically lowering your risk of tooth loss and other complications.
Biannual exams can prevent the development of serious health conditions, which can prove long-lasting and life-threatening.
Your oral health significantly impacts your physical health. A deep cavity can cause an infection that infects the surrounding bone or enters the bloodstream, potentially resulting in a heart attack or stroke. Gum disease has also been linked to major health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other serious complications. Biannual exams help Dr. Shiver prevent the development of such conditions, which can prove long-lasting and life-threatening. In cases where a procedure, such as a deep cleaning or root canal therapy, is recommended, we will discuss your conditions and specifics of your treatment plan.
Your oral and physical health are both dependent on your oral hygiene practices. With proper oral care, we can help you maintain your oral health and prevent serious conditions that require extensive, costly treatments. Contact our dental office today to schedule your next appointment.