At Remmers Dental, our first and foremost obligation is to preserve your oral and dental health. But to fulfill this obligation, we must have your help. We need you to come visit us at least every six months! That’s why your Louisville dentist recommends twice yearly dental cleanings and checkups. These visits not only allow us to give you a cleaner smile and a fresher mouth, but they are also an opportunity for us to monitor your oral health and hear from you.
The truth is that visiting your dentist every 6 months is just the minimum for patients that have excellent oral health. If you’re a patient that has dental concerns or may be considered a high-risk patient because of an existing condition, you should be visiting our office more often.
Dental checkups and cleanings are the cornerstones of top notch oral health. Dental checkups allow our dentists to evaluate the smile and look for signs of debilitating dental diseases, like gum disease. This is a condition that can develop over time but can easily be halted before it advances into periodontal disease. Before our patients ever have to face the consequences of periodontal disease—like tooth loss or sore, bleeding gums—our office is able to nip those issues in the bud!
During your dental cleaning in Louisville, one of our skilled dental hygienists will thoroughly clean each one of your teeth, removing plaque, bits of tartar and those annoying surface stains before they have a chance to penetrate the enamel of a tooth and cause a stain in the dentin layer below.
By removing plaque from between your teeth and along the gum line, we can keep gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, from developing. If there are spots that have tartar—hardened plaque—then we also can remove those with handheld scraping instruments. If not removed, tartar may lead to the second phase of gum disease called periodontitis, a more invasive condition that causes gum recession, bone deterioration, loosening teeth and eventually tooth loss if left untreated.
In addition to cleaning your teeth, the hygienist and your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, your gums, and your entire oral cavity. During this exam, our team is searching for the early warning signs of trouble: a soft spot on the surface of a tooth that may indicate the beginning of a cavity, gum pockets that are enlarged can be a sign of gum disease, a worn filling or crack in your tooth may indicate a dental crown is necessary and so on and so forth.
Here are some of the dental problems we are sure to look for:
In addition, we’d like to take digital x-rays at least once a year. Digital x-rays use a fraction of the radiation necessary with traditional radiographs. Moreover, they give your Louisville dentist a clear visual of problems happening below the surface of your teeth and below the gum line.
A dental exam and cleaning at Remmers Dental will make sure that your oral health is in good condition. In the case that it’s not, you can be confident in our team and expert dentists to help you improve it. Learn more about how we can help you at least twice a year or go ahead and give us a call to schedule your next hygienic visit!