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Your routine dental visits foster excellent oral and systemic health. A thorough examination, X-rays and a professional cleaning combine with your at-home brushing, flossing and dietary habits. How often should you come to Anchorage Dental Arts in Anchorage, AK, to see Dr. Robert Morehead, Dr. Max Swenson, or Dr. Frank Cavaness? Read on to learn how preventive services benefit you and how often you should receive them.
Battling the enemy of your teeth and gums
Yes, oral injury and congenital malformation can harm your teeth and gums, but their real enemy is bacteria. Contained in soft plaque and hard tartar, Streptococcus mutans causes decay and gum disease, leading factors in the problem of tooth loss. Frankly, you cannot remove all the plaque and tartar you need to simply by brushing and flossing. That's where prophylaxis visits with your Anchorage, AK, dentists come to the rescue.
Professional cleanings remove the tartar and plaque you miss when you floss and brush at home. Your hygienist uses ultrasonic and manual scaling tools to scrape away these biofilms and to polish your teeth to a shiny, smooth finish. They also do a preliminary check for decay, gum disease, and oral cancer, and tell patients how they can improve their brushing and flossing techniques. X-rays reveal areas of breakdown: root and bone issues, decay hidden between teeth, cracked restorations, and more.
After your cleaning, the dentist examines your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. He looks for:
- Periodontal disease
- Failing restorations
- Oral cancer
- Signs of jaw joint dysfunction and teeth grinding
- Dental alignment
Done on a regular schedule, this careful inspection of your oral health discovers problems in the earliest stages of development so they can be treated and further damage avoided. Also, your dentist will suggest ways to improve your smile aesthetics in terms of tooth color, repair of minor defects, and more.
How often should you see the dentist?
The American Dental Association, along with most oral health care providers, recommend semi-annual check-ups and cleanings as the surest way to maintaining your smile. Some individuals, however, may need more visits--every three to four months, for instance. People with periodontal disease do well if they come to Anchorage Dental Arts more frequently.
We'd love to see you
The professional staff at Anchorage Dental Arts values long-term relationships with their patients. The doctors and their support team strive to provide personalized care which centers on individual needs and goals, including maintenance of exceptional oral health.
If it's time for your routine cleaning and examination, please call the office in Anchorage, AK, at (907) 276-1712.