Preventing dental problems before they start
The health of your teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of your entire body. While routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your smile looking its best, visiting our Granite City dentists for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential. The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile remains beautiful.
By routinely seeing your dentist for exams and cleanings, you can:
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath
- Save money by avoiding costly and extensive dental procedures
- Keep your teeth white by reducing staining from food and drinks
- Shorten the time spent in your dentist's office
- Have a smile that will last a lifetime
During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems. Our dentists may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. At Metro East Dental Care, we take digital X-rays which give superior images while greatly reducing the amount of radiation. These X-rays help us discover dental concerns when they are not visible to the naked eye and are more easily treated.
Professional dental cleanings
Your dental hygienist will begin your cleaning by exploring the surface of your teeth to determine if you have any cavities and to examine the quality of existing fillings. The dental hygienist will then perform a periodontal exam to make sure your gums adhere tightly to your teeth, and no periodontal disease or bone loss may be occurring.
Next, your hygienist will carefully clean your teeth with a variety of instruments specially designed to remove any hard mineral buildup (tartar) from your teeth. Then the hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound. Fluoride will be applied as needed. Your hygienist is very skilled at making your cleaning appointment comfortable, so if you have any anxiety about your dental exam, be sure to let her know. She can offer several options to ensure your comfort.
If our dentist or hygienist finds tooth decay or gum disease, he or she will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, antibiotics or other dental treatments may be recommended. If your teeth and gums appear to be healthy, we will probably advise you to continue your brushing and flossing routine as usual.
If you are due for a dental cleaning or exam, please contact our Granite City dental office today by either calling the office or requesting an appointment online!