May 4, 2019
As a woman, you probably know the importance of getting checked for breast and ovarian cancer each year, right? Anytime the word “cancer” is brought up, we don’t question the amount of time it takes to go to the doctor and receive a checkup. Instead, we go without hesitation because of how important early detection can be with these diseases. But what about oral health? Aren’t your teeth and gums important, too? Since May is Women’s Health Month, find out why you should schedule a regular dental checkup in Kernersville to kickstart optimal full body health.
Why Dental Cleanings Should Be a Priority
Too often, we put more emphasis on maintaining other areas of our body that we forget how important it is to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Dentist appointments are easily put off or avoided altogether, while yearly visits to the OBGYN are circled in red on the calendar.
Your oral health is more important than you think. Everything you consume passes through your mouth, which means your teeth, gums, tongue, and throat encounter all the food and beverages you eat and drink each day. Apart from the food particles and sugar left behind, there’s also bacteria. Whether you maintain good oral hygiene habits at home or not, you’re probably not getting every nook and cranny, which means bacteria can build, causing gum disease and tooth decay.
Regular dental checkups (every six months) are necessary for optimal oral health. This allows your dentist in Kernersville to thoroughly examine your mouth for any potential problems, as well as provide a full cleaning.
Besides, don’t you enjoy how your teeth feel when you leave the dentist?
What You Can Expect During a Cleaning
When preparing for your dental checkup and cleaning, you can expect it to happen in three parts: examination, teeth cleaning, and treatment planning.
To break it down, here is what is included:
During the examination part of your visit, your dentist will take digital x-rays to examine the areas of your mouth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. By visually inspecting the underlying structures of your teeth, she can have a better understanding of any problems that might be occurring.
In addition, she and her team will screen for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, TMJ dysfunction, teeth grinding, and even oral cancer.
Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day are great habits to practice at home, but there’s more than likely some areas you’re missing. During your checkup, the hygienist will complete a professional teeth cleaning, as well as answer any questions you might have and suggest products that can benefit your oral health.
Once your teeth feel shiny and clean, your dentist will discuss the state of your oral health. If there are current problems, she will work with you to create a treatment plan to address the issue. If you have a clean bill of health, you can expect a brief discussion about ongoing care.
Don’t put off another dental checkup. Your teeth and gum health play a bigger role in your overall health than you think. So, don’t wait! Contact your dentist in Kernersville to find out how you can get started on a better path to oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Veronica Walker, DDS, completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University before going on to earn a master’s degree in entomology from North Carolina State University. Once completing her master’s, she attended the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1984. Dr. Walker and her team of dental experts believe in the importance of preventive care. This is why she encourages her patients to attend regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings. To find out how we can help you achieve better oral health, contact us via our website or call (336) 993-3727.
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