Keeping your mouth healthy requires diligence on your part when it comes to the decisions you make. It also requires twice-yearly visits to our dentist, Dr. Gauri Savant. There is no doubt that a nutritious diet that limits sugar and starches, along with brushing after every meal and daily flossing is a winning strategy for strong teeth and gums. But no matter how well you adhere to good habits, there is no substitute for seeing our Midtown East dentist. A physical and visual inspection of your teeth, jaws, and gums, x-rays, teeth cleaning, and a screening for oral cancer is recommended for all our valued patients once every six months. Any issues that do come about are easiest to handle when found early.
Our Midtown East dentist will start out by checking for loose teeth, loose fillings, a misaligned bite occlusion), any gum redness, or other abnormalities or possible concerns. X-rays give a closeup view of what’s going on inside your teeth, so that even the smallest cavities will be detected. A filling will typically be in order to treat the cavity. When not addressed, they grow larger. And the bigger a cavity is, the more it puts you at risk for an infection in the pulp of your tooth, which could result in the need for root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction.
Teeth cleaning is a vital part of good dental well-being. Our Midtown East dentist wants to remove any plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food remnants caught between teeth and at the gum-line. This will leave you with a mouth that feels fresh and ensure that you get a brand new start on preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
If you are not used to getting an oral cancer screening as part of a dental checkup, this is all the more reason to come see our Midtown East dentist. With any cancer, early detection is linked to the best outcomes, and those of the mouth are no exception. If any indications of oral cancer are noticed, you may be referred to a specialist for the appropriate follow-up. As a preventative measure, it’s a good idea to give up smoking and tobacco use of any kind, including the chewing kind. Heavy alcohol consumption is also a risk factor. And don’t forget to use sunscreen on your lips when you’re outside.