Oral health is something we should not take for granted. Regular dental visits once every six months can help your dentist detect minor oral health issues before they compromise your smile. In addition, a clean mouth will not only help prevent cavities but can also significantly improve your overall health.
At Alencar Family Dentistry, Dr. Oliveira performs routine dental exams to help patients maintain their oral functions and the beauty of their smiles. Here are a few reasons you should visit a family dentist for a dental exam:
A dental exam will allow the dentist to identify cavities in their initial stages. If not addressed, cavities can cause health complications like abscesses or infections that can spread into your bloodstream.
Preventive care can minimize the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Dental exams give the dentist an opportunity to evaluate your teeth for signs of tooth decay and cavities. With early diagnosis, we can start treatment sooner. It is much more economical to pay for a routine dental exam and prevent oral health problems than to undergo complicated procedures in the future.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to eliminate harmful plaque from your teeth. However, you will still need to have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
Our dental hygienist will eliminate the plaque and tartar hidden between the teeth or beneath the gum line using special tools. Dental exams and teeth cleanings are performed simultaneously at our office. If you schedule an appointment with us every six months, we will make sure to give your teeth a meticulous cleaning while also assessing your dental health.
Avoiding teeth cleanings can increase your risk of developing gum diseases such as gingivitis or more advanced periodontitis. If not treated in time, gum disease can inflame or irritate your gums, often resulting in swelling and bleeding. By seeing Dr. Oliveira regularly, he can evaluate the health of your gums and help you adopt good oral hygiene habits to safeguard you from gum disease.
A healthy mouth will improve your overall health and help you manage conditions like diabetes.
To learn more about dental exams and their benefits, contact Alencar Family Dentistry at (757) 546-0301 or 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320.