Preventive dental visits are a great way to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Preventive visits include an oral exam to check for potential issues, as well as a professional teeth cleaning. Dr. Bernard Pak, the friendly family dentist at Kirkland Smiles Dental Care in Kirkland, WA, can help you determine how often to schedule a preventive dental visit.
Oral Exams and Teeth Cleanings
Scheduling regular oral exams and professional teeth cleanings with the family dentist at our office in Kirkland, WA, is an excellent way to prevent a broad range of oral health issues, including gum disease and tooth decay. Oral exams provide an opportunity to detect potential concerns early on so the dentist can intervene and prevent the problem from progressing. For example, identifying gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and treating it promptly can prevent more advanced gum disease from developing.
Professional teeth cleanings also play an essential role in maintaining a healthy mouth. It is not always possible to thoroughly reach all areas inside the mouth with a toothbrush, whereas dental professionals have the techniques and tools to achieve a thorough teeth cleaning. Further, tartar buildup is stubborn and cannot be brushed or flossed away at home. The only way to completely remove tartar buildup is by having the teeth professionally cleaned.
Healthy Habits at Home
You can supplement preventive dental visits by developing healthy habits at home. For instance, your oral care routine should include brushing the teeth twice every day using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flossing between teeth every day is another good habit to develop. It is also important to brush gently because harsh brushing can wear down tooth enamel and cause the gums to recede. Other habits that can contribute to a healthier mouth include minimizing the amount of sugary foods or beverages that are consumed and avoiding smoking.
Preventive dental visits that include an oral exam and teeth cleaning are extremely important to maintaining optimal oral health. To schedule your next preventive dental visit with Dr. Pak, our skilled family dentist, call Kirkland Smiles Dental Care in Kirkland, WA, at (425) 893-9500.