Over the years, people have been caring more and more about their dental health. More people are practicing daily oral care, which is always a good thing. However, there are still many individuals who don’t believe they need to visit the dentist on a regular basis if there’s nothing inherently wrong with their teeth or gums. The truth is checkups and cleanings (along with your at-home care) are essential to long-term oral health.
With the help of the dentists and team members at Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland, you can make sure that your keep your smile for life. Along with Maitland, our practice serves Winter Park and the surrounding areas. Contact our office today to schedule your next routine checkup!
By committing to routine visits, you’re not just removing harmful calculus from your teeth and gums. You’re also getting the chance to confirm that your current at-home care is sufficient. Considering that at-home brushing and flossing makes up the majority of your dental care, it’s best to have a professional evaluate the results of your current regimen. If one of our dentists determines that you need to improve or modify your habits, you’ll be given helpful advice and tips on how you can accomplish that.
Routine visits are also ideal for catching the early signs of tooth decay or gum disease before they cause permanent damage. Even if your at-home care is thorough, plaque and bacteria can find many places to hide and develop. Once that plaque becomes calcified, only a dentist can safely remove it.
During your checkup, the dentist will perform a detailed examination of your teeth, gums and other oral structures. While this includes your bite alignment, tongue, jaw and oral tissue, it also includes parts of your neck and lymph nodes. This allows them to better identify markers for oral cancer, a disease that can be life-threatening if not caught early. You’ll also get the chance to receive X-rays for a deeper look at your current oral health status.
Our office utilizes a cavity detection system known as DIAGNOdent, which uses a highly-concentrated beam of light to scan enamel and catch even the slightest changes in its thickness. Gathering this information will help us better prepare treatments as needed.
During your cleaning, one of our hygienists will begin removing calcified plaque from your teeth and gums. The specialized dental tools they use will safely remove plaque from your teeth without wearing away enamel in the process. Afterwards, we’ll give your teeth a fresh polish with our professional-grade toothpaste. Your cleaning will also include a thorough flossing, which is meant to remove plaque from the sides of teeth and help us diagnose potential gum disease.