When it comes to scheduling a dental exam and cleaning, the rule of thumb – or more accurately, the rule of mouth – is to make an appointment two times a year. Regular dental exams do more than just beautify your smile; they also help ensure that your oral hygiene is up-to-date and that your teeth and gums are in good health. So what can you expect to gain when you make an appointment to see Dr. Boyett for your next check-up?
A cavity examination:
At your dental exam, Dr. Boyett will inspect your teeth for signs of cavities and tooth decay. Be sure to tell her if you are having any pain or sensitivity. She may also take x-rays in order to spot tooth decay that is not visible on the surface. Getting a regular cavity examination is an important component of your dental health care – spotting tooth decay early on can mean the difference between undergoing a simple filling procedure now versus undergoing a root canal in the future.
A gum evaluation:
The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth, and Dr. Boyett will carefully check your gums for swelling, redness, or bleeding, which may be signs of a gum infection called gingivitis. Like tooth decay, if gingivitis or a mild gum infection is left untreated, the condition will worsen and a more serious gum infection known as periodontitis can develop. Over time, periodontitis will eat away the healthy tissues and bones that support your gumline and teeth.
A cancer screening:
While she is examining your teeth and gums, Dr. Boyett will also be looking for signs of oral cancer in and around your mouth, face, and throat. In addition to checking for sores or unusual pain and tenderness, Dr. Boyett will examine your bite, your lower jaw joints, and your ability to swallow. A routine dental exam can detect not only oral cancer, but also several other serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and joint problems.
A thorough cleaning:
Here at Boyett Family Dentistry, Dr. Boyett and her team of dedicated dental hygienists work hard to ensure your pearly whites stay pearly and white. During a cleaning, your hygienist has the chance to check the condition of past dental work, such as previous fillings or crowns. Your hygienist will also remove the build-up of plaque (which can lead to future tooth and gum diseases) and polish away old stains, leaving you with a whiter smile and fresher breath.
A dental exam goes beyond keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and clean in the present – a routine check-up can find and identify signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other medical conditions in their early stages, which allows you to receive treatment now that will keep your teeth and mouth healthier and cleaner in the future too. Call our office today at 863-294-9200 to schedule your next appointment for a dental exam, because at Boyett Family Dentistry, we want you to love your smile as much as we do.