Checking Up on Your Oral Health
Because the state of your oral health can change before you realize it, consistency is essential when it comes to general dentistry. For example, routine checkup and cleaning appointments are as important as brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once every day. In general, we advise most patients to attend an appointment at least once every six months. However, you may require more frequent visits or additional treatment if you exhibit signs of trouble such as gingivitis (early gum disease), bruxism, or more.
Regular cleanings and exams
Checkups and cleanings are preventive, which means their main goal is to help you avoid the development of issues that could require more extensive treatment later. Achieving that goal requires carefully cleaning away any traces of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth that you might have missed with your toothbrush and floss. The oral bacteria that make up plaque and tartar are the building blocks of issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and more. In addition to cleaning them away, we’ll also thoroughly check your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs that such issues have already developed.
Routine oral cancer screening
Regular dental exams are about more than just catching tooth decay and gum disease. We also examine your bite for issues with its balance or your tooth alignment, as well as perform a comprehensive screening to check for early warning signs of oral cancer. To do this, we use the advanced VELscope diagnostic system, which employs advanced imaging to highlight things such as ulcers, lesions, rough patches of skin, and other potential signs of concern that may be hard to detect visually. With nearly 50,000 people newly diagnosed with oral cancer every year, early detection is an increasingly more important aspect of general oral health care.
Schedule a checkup and cleaning today
Sticking to a consistent schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments is vital to making sure your smile stays healthy and beautiful for life. To learn more about the importance of regular checkups and cleanings, schedule your visit by calling Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.