Surely, your twice daily brushing and once a day flossing are sufficient to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Also, you avoid sugary foods, and you don't smoke. What more could your oral health need? Well, the American Dental Association says your at-home efforts help tremendously, but your mouth needs the added expertise of your dentist in Yorba Linda, CA. Dr. Richard Hamaty helps hundreds of patients maintain durable, beautiful smiles with a simple service: professional cleaning and oral examination. Here's how those services go.
Come every six months
That's the most beneficial interval for most children through senior adults. During this routine appointment, you'll see your friendly dental hygienist first. She'll update your medical history and ask you if you have any concerns about your teeth and gums. Then, she'll proceed with your hygienic cleaning.
During your cleaning, your hygienist will scale your teeth with a handheld instrument and possibly an ultrasonic cleaner. This procedure removes sticky plaque and hard tartar which forms from food residues on and between teeth and at the gum line.
Why is plaque and tartar removal important? These "biofilms," says the American Academy of Periodontology, contain harmful oral bacteria which secrete acids. The acids lead to tooth decay and gum disease, both leading causes for tooth loss among American adults.
Frankly, your toothbrush and floss at home cannot remove all of these toxic residues, but your hygienist can. Also, you should know that researchers link gum disease to systemic health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia. So the cleaner your teeth and gums are, the healthier you're likely to be.
After she has scaled your teeth, she'll also floss them and polish them with a mildly abrasive toothpaste applied with a rotary brush. Your teeth will feel exceptionally clean and look very bright.
Besides cleaning your teeth, your hygienist takes X-rays (bite wings or panoramic views) to inspect roots and bone structure and to reveal decay hidden between the teeth. She performs what some dentists call a "pocket reading." it's a simple and painless measurement of the spaces between your gums and tooth surfaces. Pockets deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for gum disease and will be addressed by your Yorba Linda dentist.
The oral examination
The hygienic cleaning prepares the way for Dr. Hamaty's comprehensive oral examination. This service includes:
- Inspection for decay and gum disease
- Review of dental alignment
- Check of fillings, crowns and other restorations
- Oral cancer assessment
Dr. Hamaty also devises a treatment plan to include needed restorations, preventive care (such as sealants) and cosmetic goals. If you wish to enhance your smile appearance, you should discuss your goals with Dr. Hamaty at your routine appointment.
Be your best
You can have your healthiest and best looking
smile with routine cleanings and check-ups with your Yorba Linda, CA, dentist, Dr. Hamaty. Contact his office today to schedule your appointment, won"t you? Call (714) 779-1313.