Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups

Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups

Did you know your oral health and overall wellbeing are intertwined? Yes, dental problems can cause other health problems and vice versa. That’s why dentists across the globe advise patients to have bi-annual dental checkups.

 

You might argue that your teeth are healthy, but here are two major reasons for having your dental checkups.

1. Comprehensive dental examination 

Most dental conditions like gum disease, dental cavities, and tooth decay take time to develop and you never realize something is wrong until it’s too late. With regular dental checkups, Dr. Al Gulum will detect these diseases in advance and take the necessary action.

Furthermore, according to research chances of surviving oral cancer are much higher if its caught early—which can only happen if you get regular oral cancer screenings.

Forming the habit of regular dental checkups is not only beneficial to you but also for your family. Your children will grow up knowing dental health is important.

2. Professional dental cleaning

 

If you maintain good oral hygiene, brush, and floss as directed by the dentist, you will eliminate and remove most of the plaque buildup.

However, even with excellent dental hygiene, it’s impossible to clean off plaque completely. You can miss off certain places like the molars, leading to calculus or tartar formation. The calculus cannot be removed by a regular toothbrush; only professional deep cleaning is ideal.

Plaque buildup, if not removed will lead to periodontal or gum disease which causes the gums to become inflamed, tender, and bleed. In more severe cases, periodontitis may destroy the gums and the surrounding teeth including your bone and ligaments. Eventually, the tooth will weaken and start to fall off.

Furthermore, the bacteria-causing disease can enter your bloodstream and cause inflammation. All this can be avoided if you come for your routine dental exams.

What to Expect During Your Checkups?

At Dr. Al Gulum’s dental clinic, we take the dental checkups very seriously. First, we examine the condition of your teeth and gums and check for plaque buildup. The dentist will also do a comprehensive medical history (if you are a new client). He will follow it up with a professional cleaning to remove any tartar.

 

As part of your dental checkup, we also do an oral cancer screening.

Did you know there are 40,000 new oral cancer cases annually in America? And one patient dies every hour from oral cancer, yet there is a 90% survival rate if detected early? With the regular dental checkups, you can prevent or treat the potentially fatal condition before it spreads.

Our oral cancer screening involves inspection of the gums and teeth. We also do a biopsy, medical history and digital imaging using our state-of-the-art OralID. This is a fluorescent light technology that detects lesions and other dental abnormalities.

If there is the presence of lesions, we refer you to an oral surgeon, otherwise, we start treatment immediately if cancer is detected.

   

Once the checkup is complete, the dentist will talk to you about your oral hygiene, and what habits you need to adopt. 

How Often Should You Come for a Dental Checkup?

Dr. Al Gulum advises that you have your dental exams every six months, but if you have a serious condition such as periodontal disease, you could need frequent dental visits.

We offer dental and cleaning at one appointment, but you may choose to have them separately. You can visit our dentist, then schedule to see a hygienist later or vice versa.

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Our dental team treats every patient with respect and strives to give the best service to all. When you come for your appointment, we will do an assessment and offer treatment based on your dental needs. We also discuss practical dental practices that are in line with your lifestyle and daily routine.

So, if you are looking to have a dental exam and hygiene checkup in Fresh Meadows, call us and schedule an appointment and we would be happy to be of service.

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