At the office of Anjum A. Ansari DMD in Boston, MA, our dental practice focuses on the prevention of dental disease in order to maintain a healthy smile. The health of the mouth is intrinsically linked to the health of the entire body, which is why it is important to take good care of your teeth and gums. By practicing good dental hygiene at home and maintaining routine dental exams and cleanings, you can play an active role in enjoying a healthier life.
The importance of dental exams and cleanings
There is a reason we always ask our patients to schedule their next exam and cleaning at the conclusion of their current appointment. Lives are busy, schedules are hectic, and over time it becomes quite easy to put off dental exams as “non-essential.” The truth is that taking the time to maintain these visits will save you the time and money it will cost you for restoration work in the future.
The following is an outline of what occurs during a dental exam and cleaning and why each component of this appointment is crucial to your oral health.
- Visual Examination – The dentist will look at the teeth, gums, tongue, and inside of the cheeks looking for any signs of disease or decay.
- Imaging – Digital x-rays are taken as needed to have a better view of the oral structures that cannot be seen with the visual exam.
- Professional cleaning – While at-home oral hygiene is certainly important, at the dental office we have special tools that are designed to remove plaque or tartar that has hardened on the teeth.
- Polishing – This step is important because it helps prevent bacteria accumulation on the teeth and leaves your teeth feeling smooth and looking whiter.
- Flossing – We will also take the time to floss between the teeth to remove any particles or debris that are stuck.
Routine exams and cleanings are one of the best commitments you can make to your oral health. Not only will it keep your teeth looking and feeling great, it can also save you time and money by identifying potential problems during their early development stage. If you are in the Boston, MA area and would like to make an appointment at Dr. Ansari’s office, please call us today at (617) 581-0689.