Regular dental check-ups in Boston, MA support a healthy lifestyle
Think of regular dental check-ups at our Boston, MA office like how you might think of a tune-up for your car. Routine maintenance is necessary to keep your vehicle working its best and looking more like it did when you first drove it off of the lot. The health of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures is the “engine” that powers your overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
Visits scheduled at least once every six months allow Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. to evaluate the condition of the entire oral cavity and connected structures. Her advanced knowledge and sophisticated diagnostics combine to detect damage to tooth structure early in the decay process and to detect damage to soft, supportive tissues early in the gum disease process. When detected and treated proactively before symptoms such as pain are present, early-stage decay and disease may be resolved quickly, non-invasively, and easily.
For instance, we may recommend adjustments to oral care at home. Often, patients don’t brush their teeth as thoroughly as they should. Spend at least two minutes to brush your teeth, and brush at least two times each day. Patients may also overlook brushing other areas of the mouth that harbor bacteria; for instance, your tongue deserves attention. It can be a breeding ground for disease-causing pathogens.
We may also recommend oral care products to aid in maintaining proper hygiene. Interdental brushes and floss threaders, for example, can get in between tight spaces such as under dental bridges. Generally, maintaining or restoring oral health supports a healthy body. You’re able to eat sufficiently, and without pain. Your digestive process starts in the mouth with the physical breakdown of food and release of digestive enzymes. Avoiding gum disease also minimizes the risks of developing other medical conditions. Research has linked the presence of bacteria in diseased gums to bacteria among heart patients. Diabetic patients with gum disease may also have greater difficulty keeping their blood sugar levels in check.
During check-ups at our office, you should also expect:
- An oral cancer screening – dentists like Dr. Ansari are often on the front lines of detecting suspicious growths that require further investigation and treatment. As with other cancers, when detected early, the odds of successful treatment are much greater than if the cancer is treated after it has spread to the lymph nodes, neighboring tissues, or distant organs.
- Professional cleaning – our dental team is trained on how to safely and effectively use specialized instruments to remove plaque build-up and stubborn tartar. Once sticky plaque has hardened, it can’t be removed with brushing and flossing. Other steps in the cleaning process also remove lingering bacteria and stains. So, your mouth feels fresh, and your smile looks great!
Call (617) 581-0689 to schedule your check-up at the office of Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. General & Cosmetic Dentistry.