Did you know that dental problems are associated with bone loss, infection, and even heart disease? Oral health affects your overall health in many ways. Great oral hygiene is the best way to protect your smile and your entire body. Your dentists in Brea, CA focus on prevention, and we stress the importance of regular teeth cleaning and exam.
Dental Exams and Checkups
At your dental exam, a dentist will perform an evaluation of your mouth and jaw. This involves a physical and visual examination. We will check every tooth, your bite, and soft tissues. We also look at existing restorations like fillings, veneers, and crowns. This may be followed by X-rays, bite analysis, cavity risk assessment, and an oral cancer screening.
If the results indicate a problem, your dentist will discuss a treatment plan with you. If this is your first visit, your dentist will also review your medical and dental history. The goal of regular dental exams is to identify and treat problems at their early stages. Small problems are easier and less expensive to treat.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
At-home care is a supplement to professional teeth cleaning. Even if you are consistent with brushing and flossing, you still need to have your teeth cleaned regularly at the dentist. Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque, tartar and bacteria from every hard-to-reach area of your mouth. Regular dental cleaning also helps prevent gum disease.