The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

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The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

No matter how well you brush and floss, you’re in a losing battle against plaque and tartar. If you don’t get regular dental cleanings, these substances can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

While your teeth are the hardest objects in your body, they still remain vulnerable to microscopic bacteria. Even the best brushing and flossing routine can’t keep up, and, if left unchecked, bacteria can begin to get a foothold and start causing decay.

That’s why regular cleanings are so important. With regular cleanings, it’s all about prevention. By keeping bacteria at bay, you can keep from needing costly dental work later.

At her practice in San Jose, California, Mohsena Ahmad, DDS, FICOI, DICOI, helps many patients treat and prevent oral health issues. In this blog, she explains more about why regular care is important.

Guard against gum disease

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms from food debris. In time, it can harden and form into tartar. Once tartar forms, you can’t remove it with brushing and flossing. As these substances build, they can provide a haven for the growth of more bacteria. This, in turn, can lead to gum disease, also called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Mild cases of gum disease create swollen, red, tender, and bleeding gums. Severe periodontal disease can lead to the loss of teeth. Almost half of adults in the United States have some level of gum disease. Dental cleanings can remove the plaque buildup and keep your mouth healthy. 

Prevent or locate cavities

Dr. Ahmad checks your teeth, tongue, and gums to pinpoint any trouble spots, including cavities, cracks, gaps, or signs of gum disease. In addition, she may take dental X-rays, which can reveal problems she can’t see visually.

X-rays can show problematic areas and signs of decay in the earliest stages. If she finds a cavity, she can remove it to keep it from destroying more of the affected tooth’s enamel.

Screen for cancer

Oral cancer may not have symptoms in its early stages. However, regular dental exams provide an excellent opportunity for Dr. Ahmad to thoroughly check your tongue, lips, cheek, and jaw for signs that might suggest early stage cancer.

These exams are particularly important if you have risk factors for cancers of the head and neck, such as tobacco use, excessive sun exposure, or a weakened immune system. 

Stay up-to-date

If your oral care routine has weak spots, Dr. Ahmad can spot it and suggest ways to make your brushing and flossing more effective. Furthermore, what you include in your diet or exclude from it may affect the health of your gums and teeth.

So, if needed, she can suggest ways to improve your diet. And, she can discuss techniques and products to help you take good care of your oral health.

If you need to catch up on regular cleanings and exams, the time is now. To get the care you need, call 408-676-2297 or book an appointment online with the practice of Mohsena Ahmad, DDS, FICOI, DICOI, today.