When you schedule a routine dental examination at least once a year for everyone in your family, you can prevent painful and expensive problems later. Routine dental exams are fundamental to your good health. To learn about the benefits of an exam or to schedule your first appointment, please reach out to Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza today at 832.551.3318.
Is It Important to Regularly Schedule Dental Exams?
When you have healthy teeth and gums, you can eat a greater variety of healthy food. In addition, when you make sure you get every recommended routine dental exam, you keep your teeth. Furthermore, many medical experts suggest that people who have at least 20 of their natural teeth in their mature years live longer and stay in better health. One of the keys to health in your golden years is being sure to schedule your routine dental exam. However, it isn’t just older people who benefit from regular dental care.
Another group of dental researchers tracked the dental health and academic performance of 1495 school children in Los Angeles. They found that kids in school who had regular toothaches were four times as likely to get failing grades. They also found that children who didn’t get a regular dental exam were almost three times more likely to miss school. Moreover, they found that parents who did not provide their children with regular dental exams missed an average of 2.5 days a year from work so they could stay at home to take care of their children who had severe toothaches.
In short, it’s nearly always a good thing to see your dentist regularly. But what if you have a fear of dentist visits? Knowing what you can expect can help.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
At Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza, we get to know the whole picture of your health. We take a medical history of all new patients. We update your history to ensure the care we are providing you addresses your individual needs.
Once we have the big picture of your dental health, we move on to examining your mouth. This examination means taking a closer look at your teeth, your gums, your jaw, and all the tissues and structures supporting them. Your dentist won’t always have to take x-rays, but sometimes x-rays are necessary to make the right treatment decisions.
The next part of your exam is a thorough teeth cleaning. Bacteria in your mouth absorb minerals from saliva and food and transform them into soft plaque that becomes hard tartar. Tartar can build up on your teeth and separate them from your gums, forming tiny pockets that can catch food particles that can decay and damage tooth enamel, gum tissue, and even, if you let go long enough, the bones that hold your teeth in place.
Regular cleanings at Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza reduce gum irritation, tooth decay, and jaw problems. Each of these factors can interfere with your enjoyment of food, your enjoyment of your life, and the brightness of your smile. Your dentist may use ultrasonic equipment for painless removal of built-up plaque and tartar, removing just the most stubborn bits with traditional equipment. In a few minutes, the procedure is over, and you’re good to go until your next visit.
Contact Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza
Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza in Houston, Texas can take care of all of your dental needs. We offer not just cleanings but also:
We know that taking care of your teeth can strain the family budget, and we will work with you to make your dental care affordable. Call us at 832.551.3318, or contact us online to make your appointment today!