When it comes to good oral health, it’s always preferable to avoid having a problem in the first place rather than trying to resolve one after it has already developed. That’s why preventive dental care is so important.
Dr. White would like to remind all of his patients from throughout the Dripping Springs, TX, area to visit our office regularly for oral exams and cleanings. Those appointments, in addition to practicing a daily oral hygiene routine at home, are the best ways to maintain good oral health and avoid developing problems in the first place.
What is Involved in Oral Exams and Cleanings
- A visual examination of teeth, gums, and existing dental work
- Professional teeth cleaning and polishing
- Oral cancer screening, when needed
- X-rays, when needed
- Checking for signs of periodontal disease by measuring of the depth of gum pockets around teeth, when needed
Why Exams and Cleanings Are So Important
No matter how hard you work on keeping your teeth and gums healthy by regular brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar still build up over time. The only way to remove that buildup is by having your teeth professionally cleaned.
But there are other reasons why routine exams are so important in maintaining good oral health. During these visits, Dr. White will perform periodic oral cancer screening to ensure that any potential issues can be caught in the very early stages, when they’re much easier to treat. Dr. White will also check the health of your gum tissue.
Unfortunately, gum disease is a common problem for many adults, and you may be experiencing the early stages of this condition without even realizing it. During your exam, Dr. White will look for signs of periodontal disease and will recommend appropriate actions to take to stop it early on.