January 20, 2017
Your dentists in Scarborough, Dr. Samantha Amaro and Dr. Arti Patel, like to see their patients–from children to senior adults–for routine dental care every six months. Their experience and knowledge tells the dentists that people who get oral examinations, digital X-rays as needed and professional cleanings preserve their oral health and have better overall well-being as well. What doe routine dental care involve for you and your family?
The Routine Dental Visit
At your six-month check-up, your family dentist in Scarborough will inspect your teeth and gums, looking for:
- Signs of tooth decay and gum disease
- Bite problems and dental misalignments
- Oral cancer, a deadly malady that is more easily treated when detected early
- Condition of restorations such as fillings and dental crowns
- Eruption of adult teeth and status of adolescent wisdom teeth
- Signs of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and teeth grinding (bruxism)
This simple examination gives Dr. Amaro or Dr. Patel a lot of information with which to build an ongoing treatment plan, addressing preventive needs, at-home hygiene habits and restorative and cosmetic goals. Knowing the condition of your teeth and gums helps prevent problems and keeps existing issues from getting more complex, painful and expensive to treat.
Additionally, your dental hygienist will scale your teeth gently, removing bacteria-filled plaque and hard tartar, the causes of tooth decay and gum disease. Both of these dental conditions frequently lead to tooth loss, and in the case of gum disease, serious systemic problems such as:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy complications such as low birth weight infants
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
So, your dentist teaches that vigilance about dental health helps preserve your overall health.
For Your Children
Dr. Amaro and Dr. Patel want to see children when those first baby teeth arrive–just to get them acquainted with the office, the friendly staff and with a little of what happens at an oral examination. By toddlerhood, children should be coming to White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry semi-annually for comprehensive exams and cleanings.
By age seven, youngsters need an orthodontic evaluation so the dentists can detect bite, alignment or jaw structure problems early, Early intervention avoids or abbreviates orthodontic treatment because young teeth are more easily repositioned. Also, the dental team teaches children the basics of good brushing and flossing and about tooth-friendly nutrition.
Finally, young teeth benefit from the application of plastic sealants and fluoride treatments. Also helpful for adult teeth, these simple preventive services protect enamel from decay and dental sensitivity.
Please Come See Us
Doctors Amaro and Patel and their team look forward to seeing you and yours for routine dental care twice a year. You can trust their caring attitudes and advanced skills will protect your smiles for years to come. Contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today for an appointment.
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