Dental Exams and Cleanings in Mount Kisco
Although most people avoid going to the dentist as much as possible, this is not optimal for maintaining overall oral health and wellness. Instead, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that the average person visit the same dentist twice a year for regular exams and cleanings. Exams and cleanings are preventative measures, which focus on maintaining the overall health of your teeth and gums. Regular exams and cleanings will also help prevent more severe issues from developing.
Who Should Get an Exam and Cleaning?
As soon as a person develops their first tooth, they should start to see a dentist for regular exams and treatment. It’s important to begin to develop a level of comfort at the dentist and develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Additionally, many of the issues that plague teenagers and adults, such as jaw misalignments or overbites, start at a young age.
Once that first tooth emerges, everyone should see a dentist twice a year. It doesn’t matter whether that individual has a full set of healthy teeth or none at all – oral care is a requirement for good health.
What Is Done During an Exam?
Exams are important to assess your oral health and ascertain whether any problems are developing. Surprisingly, most patients don’t realize they have cavities or gingivitis until they see a professional. It is only when patients have moderate to severe gum disease or a very large cavity that may require more than a filling that they usually experience symptoms. Our doctors and hygienists work to catch these issues early, recommend changes to your current oral health, clean out plaque and bacteria that irritate and infect the gums, and do fillings before they become bigger issues. Besides these basics, exams also include routine x-rays and oral cancer screenings. The x-rays reveal cavities between teeth that may not be seen by the naked eye, as well as any issues lingering underneath the gums, within the bone. During our oral cancer screenings, we look for any soft tissue lesions that look suspicious, and let patients know whether any malignancies have emerged. All problems, especially cancer, are better when treated early.
Why Is Cleaning Important?
The truth is that even with daily brushing and flossing, a professional dental exam and cleaning twice a year is still necessary. This is because the bristles of your regular toothbrush don’t always remove all of the bacteria-filled, soft plaque deposits in your mouth. This remaining plaque and bacteria on your teeth naturally hardens into calculus (or tartar) over a short period of time and can only be removed by a professional cleaning. When bacteria in the form of plaque or calculus remains on your teeth, it starts to eat away at the teeth and gums, causing decay and deterioration. Our registered hygienists, Lisa and Diana can reach this plaque and remove it before it causes problems.