December 18, 2016
Do you wonder how critical routine dental visits are? Could you skip a cleaning or two and still be ok? Dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block, believes semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings keep teeth and gums strong. Plus, a healthy mouth aids in keeping your entire body disease-free.
The Bacteria in Your Mouth
It’s a fact of life. Your mouth is crowded with micro-organisms. Streptococcus mutans attacks your tooth enamel and gums, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Both are major causes of tooth loss in children and adults. While you may work hard at brushing and flossing, no one performs perfect oral hygiene. That’s why six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Block and his friendly team are so important.
Your dental hygienist removes the sticky plaque and hard tartar which come from the carbohydrate-rich diets we consume. If it accumulates, this biofilm and its associated bacteria, eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities.
Additionally, gum tissue becomes inflamed and deteriorates when invaded by plaque and tartar. Gum disease in its most aggressive form, periodontitis, leads to bleeding, swollen gums, tooth mobility and loss, gum and bone recession, and persistent bad breath (halitosis)
Even worse, this preventable oral condition is linked to Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, memory issues, pregnancy complications and more. The inflammation from gum problems seems to damage major organs, says the American Academy of Periodontology.
To avoid this damage, your hygienist gently scales your teeth, scraping away plaque and tartar from between teeth and the gum line. She measures gum pocket depth to check for periodontitis. Finally, the hygienist polishes teeth to a sparkling, smooth finish.
The Dental Exam
Your dentist wishes to examine your mouth semi-annually and take digital X-rays as needed to look for hidden decay and problems with roots, bone structure and jaw joints. During a preventive dentistry exam, Dr. Block:
- Inspects for tooth decay and gum disease
- Checks how teeth bite together, or occlude
- Assesses for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction and teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Does a simple and comfortable check for oral cancer (highly curable if found early)
- Checks on the condition of dental crowns, fillings, bridgework or other restorations
For many kids and adults, the doctor could advise application of plastic sealants to protect molars from decay. Simple fluoride treatments strengthen enamel and seal exposed roots against sensitivity issues.
The dentist explains his findings, answers questions and addresses concerns when he completes his examination. He wants to hear about your aesthetic goals–filling a gap, whitening tooth color and more. He devises a treatment plan and teaches about hygiene. He may recommend a custom mouthguard if teeth clenching is wearing teeth and causing pain.
A little preventive dentistry on a regular basis is worth a pound of cure. The team at James Block Dentistry want you and family to have beautiful smiles for a lifetime. If you and your family need your six-month cleanings and exams, contact James Block Dentistry. We will be happy to schedule you!
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