Having a nice set of teeth is a blessing. Some people go through life with a perfect smile while others go through years of braces. The truth about dentistry health it that is has far more to do with than cosmetics and appearance. Poor dental health can mean pain and infections and can cause disease. To keep your smile healthy on the inside and out, maintain regular appointments with your dentist and keep up with your dental hygiene.
Upon your first visit, you receive a comprehensive examination. During this “tour” of your mouth they examine your gums, teeth, insides of cheeks, lymph nodes, lips, and tongue. You will be asked to fill out your medical history and list any medications you are taking. During the examination they will check for oral cancer and check for periodontal gum disease. X-rays will be taken so the dentist can get a thorough view of your teeth and see the complete condition of your bones. Each tooth is methodically checked to see if there are cavities, infection, cracked or missing teeth, if there needs to be any work done, and to get an update on work that has been previously completed. Additionally in your comprehensive examination you will be checked for problems with your bite and jaw placement. Underbite, overbite, crossbite, worn down teeth (grinding), and TMJ are all problems that are exhausted.
Your examination allows your dentist to be fully aware of your complete oral health status. Your visit could end here with a tooth cleaning and free tooth brush if you are in good health. However, some patients will have restorative procedures like fillings, bridges, or crowns. Others will have preventative procedures like night guards, prophylaxis, sealants, and fluoride.
There are a lot of options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry as well. Composite bonding, porcelain crowns, and veneers can restore or create any smile. Spaces between teeth can be filled in and missing teeth can be replaced with the help of cosmetic dentistry. A dentist can bring your smile to its brightest shade with tooth whitening. Coffee, soda, and cigarettes are all examples of things that can bring down the shade of your teeth.
Whether you visit is to improve your oral health or if it is for cosmetic improvement, a dentist can help. Their services are there to protect from disease and infection and will keep you looking your most confident.