At Stoughton Dentistry, we know that the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free from the damage that can be brought on by tooth decay and gum disease is a strategy of daily brushing and flossing at home, a nutritious diet limited in sugary foods and drinks, and regular visits to be examined by our 02072 general dentist. A complete checkup includes x-rays and a dental cleaning, ensuring that any problems are found and treated early and that your teeth and gums are free of the plaque and tartar that leads to tooth decay and gum disease to begin with.
Our 02072 general dentist will ask you about your current health and if you’re a new patient, a medical history will be taken. A physical and visual inspection of your mouth will reveal any obvious issues, such as loose teeth or loose fillings or irritated gums. X-rays allow a look inside your teeth so that the effects of tooth decay, namely cavities, can be found, even small ones. You may not realize that you have a cavity until you get a toothache or experience sensitivity to hot or cold beverages. But when a cavity is still small, it’s easier to fill and less likely to lead to further problems down the road. Large cavities and deeper fillings are associated with greater risk for infections that may result in a need for root canal therapy or possibly a tooth extraction.
A dental cleaning will remove all of the plaque that has managed to evade your brushing and flossing efforts, including what’s hiding between teeth and in your gum pockets. In addition, plaque that remains on your teeth can harden and become tartar, which can only be eliminated with a professional cleaning. And if you are exhibiting any signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, a teeth cleaning is often enough to reverse the process and get you back on the road to good oral health. Our 02072 general dentist wants you to leave our office with a mouth that feels fresh. If it’s been at least six months since your last checkup with our family dentist, call us today to schedule one.