There’s no doubt that you need to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, which should include brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. But that’s not enough to ensure good oral health. You also need to visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine preventive oral health care exams and professional cleanings. Without this kind of preventive dental care, your oral health can suffer, and the result can be cavities and gum disease. Dr. Argandona encourages all of her patients to receive preventive dental care services by visiting her office at least twice a year for professional cleanings and oral exams.
What to Expect During Your Preventive Dentistry Visit
A routine exam and cleaning visit can vary depending on the patient’s current dental health and oral health history, but most people can expect the following:A thorough visual examination of teeth and gums, checking for signs of decay and/or gum diseaseChecking the integrity of existing dental work (such as fillings, crowns, etc.)Oral cancer screeningX-rays, when neededProfessional cleaning performed by a trained dental hygienistMeasuring of the depth of gum pockets around the teeth to check the health of the gum tissue.
Why Preventive Dental Care Services are So Important
No matter how consistent you are in your own oral hygiene routine, you’ll never be able to remove all the plaque and tartar that a qualified hygienist can. Overtime, that plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which is why it’s so important to visit our office for routine dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Argandona will also perform an oral cancer screening during your visit. Although usually quite treatable if caught in the early stages, oral cancer can be present without any symptoms whatsoever, making regular screenings an important part of preventive dental care.