You know that brushing and flossing are important for your oral health. Nevertheless, for a truly healthy smile it is vital that you make routine visits to the dentist. At each appointment, you will receive a thorough dental cleaning. Dr. Shahin Dabestani, DMD, will also conduct a complete exam. Using several techniques, he will look for look for cavities, gum disease, and additional concerns. When he catches these conditions early, he can often treat them before they do severe damage to your smile.
Contact Desert Palm Dentistry in Glendale at (623) 915-9700 or in Phoenix at (602) 978 – 1932 to schedule your dental cleaning and protect your oral health.
Why Are Regular Dental Visits So Important?
Ultimately, cavities develop because of oral bacteria. At-home hygiene will cut down on these microbes, but without a professional cleaning, they will eventually build up on your teeth. Over time, they will form sticky plaque and stubborn tartar, trapping the bacteria directly against your teeth. Each time you eat, they will feed off of the starches in your food. This process will generate acids, which will erode your dental enamel and give bacteria access to the deeper layers of your tooth. As erosion progresses and bacteria continue to build up, a cavity will develop.
In addition to tooth decay, oral bacteria also cause gum disease. Without a proper cleaning, the microbes will move below your gum line, causing inflammation and dental sensitivity. Eventually, pockets of bacteria will develop. In turn, you could suffer significant discomfort, bleeding, gum recession, and even tooth loss.
What Should You Expect at Your Dental Cleaning and Exam?
A dental cleaning will remove the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Your hygienist will clean your teeth using precise and gentle methods, so you should experience minimal discomfort. If you exhibit the earliest symptoms of gum disease, a routine cleaning will usually be enough to restore your oral health. In addition to cleaning your teeth, your hygienist can provide tips for better oral care at home.
Following your cleaning, Dr. Dabestani will perform a thorough exam. In many cases, he can diagnose cavities and gum disease based off of visual symptoms. In most cases, he will take x-rays at every other appointment. These images will help him detect cavities, as well as dental misalignment, bone recession, cracked teeth, and many other concerns. Of course, routine preventive care can often keep these conditions from developing in the first place.
Dental Sealants Help Prevent Decay
In addition to cleanings, dental sealants can greatly reduce your risk for cavities. When you undergo this treatment, Dr. Dabestani will apply a white or clear liquid to the tops of molars. The material will harden, forming an impenetrable barrier over your dental enamel. Sealants will prevent food and bacteria from gathering in the deep grooves on your back teeth. We usually recommend this treatment for pediatric patients, and Dr. Dabestani will place sealants as soon as their permanent molars come in. In many cases, however, adults will also benefit from this procedure.
How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?
For optimal oral health, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or if you have a history of frequent tooth decay, we suggest more frequent appointments. Dr. Dabestani will evaluate your needs and recommend a schedule that works for you.
It is just as important for children to visit the dentist as it is for adults. Kids are equally susceptible to decay, and it is important for Dr. Dabestani to monitor their dental development. You should schedule your child’s first appointment no more than six months after his or her first tooth comes in. After that, he or she should continue to visit our office twice a year.
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning
Make your healthy smile a top priority. Contact our office in Glendale at (623) 915-9700 or in Phoenix at (602) 978 – 1932 to schedule your routine dental checkup.