This blog post from the team at Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark is for smiles that are overdue for a cleaning and exam.
During dental cleanings, our hygienists remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Plaque and tartar are the main cause of tooth decay. By scaling and planing, they remove areas where bacteria can easily multiply.
After your teeth have been cleaned, we perform a thorough examination. We check for overall tooth and gum health, the presence of cavities, gum pocket depth, bite issues, and signs of oral cancer.
Some people believe that they can skip dental visits if they don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. This attitude is risky. Many dental issues advance silently. When the patient experiences pain, much damage has been done. Gum disease, especially, often progresses unnoticed.
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