Your Dayton, NV General Dentist Discusses the Importance of Preventive Care
Posted October 18, 2013 by Wager-Evans Dental
Due to an increase in oral health awareness, most people take good care of their teeth at home by brushing and flossing regularly. However, more serious problems, like gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay, are not easily detected from home. For this reason, it is important to schedule regular visits with your dentist for routine check-ups and cleaning. Often, oral health problems do not become visible or cause pain until the advanced stages. Scheduling an appointment with your Dayton dentists, Dr. William Wager or Dr. Brian Evans, will allow either of them to identify early signs of disease and help you take preventative measures.
Routine dental check-ups are vital to your oral health. Performing a check-up is the best way for Dr. Evans or Dr. Wager to detect any problems at their earliest stages. Early detection saves time and money. It may help you avoid the discomfort that comes with more invasive procedures. A regular check-up includes a visual scan, where the dentist uses a camera to check for cracked and decayed teeth. He will also check for growths and sores, as these may be indicative of more serious problems. Then, digital x-rays will help the dentist to detect dental issues that cannot be found during a visual exam. Finally, because your gums are just as important as your teeth, they will be examined to determine the presence or risk of gum disease.
Having your teeth cleaned is another important preventative measure you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your teeth will be cleaned using special instruments, like an ultrasonic scaler and traditional handheld instruments. These tools are designed to help remove plaque and debris from above and below your gums. Then, the dentist will polish your teeth. The polish not only makes your teeth look fresh, clean, and feel great, but by smoothing the surface of your teeth, plaque is less likely to accumulate.
Certain patients with early signs of gum disease may benefit from using PerioProtect in order to prevent and reverse damage. PerioProtect is a prescription tray that places medication into gingival crevices and periodontal pockets, the spaces that develop between teeth and gum tissues when gum disease is present. The fit is similar to a teeth whitening tray, but is designed to fit each person individually. PerioProtect is non-invasive, convenient, and is recommended as an alternative to surgery.
We recommend a dental check-up and cleaning every six months. If you are overdue for a check-up, feel free to contact our Reno dentist office today at 775-829-7700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wager or Dr. Evans. We are proud to serve patients in Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Spanish Springs, and the surrounding communities.