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Have you ever wondered how often you really need to see the dentist? Dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis Jr. of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, explain when you should make appointments.
Add twice-yearly visits to your calendar
Visiting our Glenview office every six months offers several important benefits, including:
- Cavity Detection: No matter how diligently you brush and floss, cavities may still occur. When you visit the dentist every six months, cavities will be detected and treated while they're small. If you skip a few visits, your cavities may grow, resulting in the need for more extensive dental procedures. Because cavities don't hurt until they're fairly large, you may not even realize that you have a small cavity if you don't make regular visits a priority.
- Cleaning: Your six-month checkups will include a thorough dental cleaning. Cleaning removes plaque from hard-to-reach places and also gets rid of tartar. Because tartar is very hard, it's impossible to remove it at home. Unfortunately, if it remains on your teeth too long, you may be likely to develop gum disease.
- Diagnosis of Problems That Can Affect Oral and General Health: In addition to checking your teeth for cavities, we'll also look for other signs of problems that may affect your teeth or your health. We'll check for cracks in teeth, examine your X-rays for dying nerves and other issues that aren't visible just by looking at your teeth and look for lumps, sores and other symptoms that can indicate oral cancer.
Call us anytime you have pain or other concerns
Although twice-yearly checkups are crucial, it's also important to call us if you experience any issues between visits. Tooth or gum pain, bleeding gums, loose crowns or bridges and other issues warrant a call to our office. Call us immediately if you experience a dental emergency, which includes loose or knocked out teeth after a blow to the face, mouth or facial lacerations, a broken tooth or dental abscess symptoms.
Is it time to schedule your appointment with Colonial Dental Group? Call Glenview, IL, dentists Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis at (847) 729-2233 to arrange your visit.
Not long ago, musician, businessman, and actor 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III) joined the growing ranks of celebrities (like Demi Moore and LeAnn Rimes) who have sent out tweets from the dental chair. The rapper, who has had extensive cosmetic work done on his teeth, even live-tweeted an action shot of his dentist giving him an oral exam!
Some might consider this too much information — but we're happy whenever people are reminded of the importance of regular dental checkups. In fact, the “routine” dental exam is truly one of the most useful procedures (and one of the best values) in dental care. Let's “examine” some reasons why that's so.
For one thing, coming in to our office when you don't have a specific problem gives us the chance to talk to you about any concerns you may have in regard to your mouth — or your health in general. In fact, many of the questions we ask and the exam procedures we perform give us an opportunity to detect potentially deadly diseases. For example, simply monitoring your blood pressure may identify a risk for heart disease; or an examination of the oral tissues may reveal the first signs of oral cancer. Both conditions are treatable if caught early on.
Of course, at a dental exam we always look closely at your teeth for signs of cavities. We also check your gums for inflammation or bleeding, which could indicate gum disease. X-rays or other diagnostic tests are performed when necessary. Generally, the sooner we can diagnose and treat any problems we may find, the better (and less costly) the outcome tends to be.
A typical checkup also includes a thorough, professional teeth cleaning with specialized tools, performed by our skilled dental hygienists. This not only makes your mouth look and feel sparkly clean — it also removes the built-up hard deposits (called tartar or calculus) that can lead to bad breath or gum disease.
Once the exam and cleaning are done, we have a good idea of the general state of your dental health. We can then give feedback on your oral hygiene techniques, assess your risk for disease, and make recommendations tailored to your individual needs. And we can do all this in about half an hour.
So talk about it, tweet about it — but don't neglect it! Along with regular brushing and flossing, routine dental checkups are the best way for you to maintain good oral hygiene — and prevent future dental problems.
If you would like more information about the benefits of regular dental exams, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Dental Hygiene Visit.”