Regular brushing and flossing are effective ways to protect your smile to some degree, but at-home care simply cannot replace the procedures employed by skilled dentists. Gum disease can develop in areas of the gum line that are not accessible by a toothbrush, and cavities cannot be effectively treated with mouthwash. Drs. K.B. Parkes, Gary Waltemath, and Karen S Keenan at Iroquois Family Dentistry in Nashville, TN, offer a wide variety of preventative treatments that can ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong.
Benefits of Cleanings and Exams
The aim of our dental cleanings and exams is to prevent gum disease and all forms of damage to your teeth. Patients who maintain good oral health habits and visit dentists twice a year are less likely to develop gum disease or cavities. However, even the most diligent patients can develop cavities and gingivitis.
Regular brushing and flossing are effective ways to protect your smile to some degree, but at-home care simply cannot replace professional cleanings.
Dental cleanings prevent mild forms of gum disease from developing into more serious forms of periodontitis, which can potentially lead to jawbone recession and even tooth loss. Dental exams can catch cavities early, helping you avoid the need for more complex treatments like root canals. Other benefits of cleanings and exams include:
- Early detection of oral cancer: About 53,000 Americans will develop some form of oral cancer in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society.
- Improved in-home care: Our dentists and hygienists can give you tips on how to better care for your teeth at home.
- Improved whole-body health: Clinical studies have shown links between gum disease and cardiovascular health.
- Longterm savings: Preventative care can save you from more expensive restorative treatments like dental implants and dental crowns.
- Whiter smile: Cleanings can leave your teeth healthier-looking and whiter.
What Happens during an Exam?
To begin, x-rays will be taken to gain better insight into the health of your smile. During the exam portion of your visit, your dentist will be looking for signs of decay or infection inside your teeth and jawbone. Oral screenings for cancer are optional but highly recommended. After your examination, we will discuss the state of your oral health with you and recommend treatments as needed.