The American Dental Association (ADA) and Dr. Gizachew “Dr. G” recommend patients schedule regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings to ensure optimal oral health. Not only are these visits necessary to ensure no problems are developing, but they give our team the chance to properly clean your teeth and gums while lowering your risk for the most common dental problems (i.e., tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease). Even if it has been a while since your last appointment, or you simply want to find a dentist in Eatontown you can trust to take care of your smile, contact us today to schedule your appointment.
A typical dental checkup involves being escorted to a treatment room where you will first have dental x-rays taken of your oral cavity. These images, although not required at every appointment, allow us to fully examine the intricacies of your smile and see what lies beneath the gum line. Dr. G will review your x-rays and perform an oral cancer screening to ensure there are no abnormalities that might point to oral cancer. Once he has examined your smile, he will inform you of any possible services that might be necessary. If certain problems are detected, it may be vital that you have any of the following completed:
Dr. G will work to create a customized treatment plan based on your needs. Before you leave, the plan will be discussed with you to determine if you have any questions or concerns before making your decision as to whether you want to move forward with treatment.
Apart from the dental checkup, you will receive a thorough dental cleaning from one of our skilled hygienists. After charting your gum pockets, we will begin to remove any hardened plaque and tartar from around your teeth and gums. Once this is completed, we will gently floss between your teeth and give them a final polish.
You can expect your smile to look and feel refreshed once we are finished, but before you leave, you will receive additional tips and advice on how you can take better care of your oral health at home. Whether it is using certain products or changing the way you brush or floss, we want to ensure you have the correct information to avoid any potential decay or cavity formation between appointments.
If you’re wondering why Dr. G recommends two-yearly dental appointments, it is because your smile can change a lot in 12 months. The foods you consume, the lifestyle habits you adopt, and the wear and tear your teeth endure can cause your enamel to break down and bacteria to accumulate. If proper treatment isn’t administered regularly, your teeth and gums can experience a serious decline. Not only are you at risk for serious decay, cavities, and gum disease, but you also become more vulnerable to bone and tooth loss, oral cancer, and the possibility of worsening overall health.
Many of the most common problems to develop inside the mouth can negatively impact the body, so it’s important to view these appointments as crucial to your well-being.