The Cornerstone of Preventive Care
Dental checkups and cleanings are the only form of dental treatment that everyone needs, regardless of age or the state of their dental health. Like brushing and flossing your teeth at home, dental cleanings remove harmful oral bacteria from your teeth and gums. Unlike cleanings at home, however, professional equipment is required to remove calcified plaque, or tartar, that harbors these bacteria. This reduces your risks of bacteria-led issues like cavities and gum disease. During your visit, your dentist will also perform a comprehensive examination using digital imaging technology to check for signs that tooth decay and gum disease are already developing, or if you may experience issues such as bruxism or TMJ disorder, malocclusion (crooked teeth), or sleep apnea.
Deep Cleanings & Perio Maintenance
By routinely checking the health of your teeth and gums, your dentist can spot the early signs of troublesome issues and treat them before they become severe. For instance, if you exhibit signs of gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease), then he may recommend deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning involves carefully removing the bacteria causing gingivitis, which have typically worked their way underneath your gums and settled onto your teeth roots. After your dentist removes the bacteria (scaling) and smooths the root surfaces (root planing), your gums can heal and reattach to your teeth.
Make Your Next Checkup & Cleaning Appointment
Sticking to a strict schedule of checkups and cleanings not only helps you keep harmful bacteria at bay, but also helps you avoid a wide variety of potential oral health issues. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.