Is Your Family Ready for Their Dental Checkups?
By John C. Koechley, DDS
April 18, 2014
Category: Oral Health
The winter weather has been keeping many people bundled up and snowed in on a regular basis. When snow is piled high and the wind is frigid, it’s much easier to stay inside. The only reason your family may venture out is to build a snowman, ride the sleighs and build forts.
No one really wants to venture outside to go to the dentist office. We understand that traveling during winter can be dangerous, and the traffic might not be the best.
Although when the weather gets warmer, we always see more patients coming in and out of our Batavia family dentist office. Here is our question—is your family due for their annual dental exams?
Batavia Family Dentistry: Preventative Care
Cavities are common, but it’s not uncommon for patients to skip their annual dental exams. Without proper diagnose and treatment, teeth and gums are more susceptible to cavities, tooth infections and gum disease. That’s why we provide general and family dentistry. It helps keep your family’s teeth and gums clean and smiles happy.
What can an exam do for you?
Ultimately, our main priority during a checkup is to catch any dental abnormalities before they get too big, causing more issues for your oral health. Here is what we typically look for during a basic exam:
- Gum irritation
- Gum disease
An X-ray may also be recommended to determine whether your teeth have shifted or other underlying issues could arise.
Why do we need to professionally clean your teeth?
A professional polishing and flossing is the best way to remove plaque bacteria and surface stains. It’s also easier for your dentist to examine clean teeth and gums.
It’s especially important to get your teeth cleaned if you are at a higher risk for periodontal disease. You need more dental attention if you have the following health conditions: diabetes or HIV.
If you or a loved one smokes or chews tobacco, make sure to see the dentist for a cleaning and exam. Smoking and chewing can cause gum irritation and staining; plus, they increase your risk of oral cancer.
Are you ready for a checkup? Call our office at (630) 406-9441.