Although you may not realize it, to ensure that you remain healthy, you need to take care of your dental health. Your overall physical condition depends on having good dental hygiene to ensure that your teeth are in good condition. The easiest way to ensure that your teeth are healthy is to schedule exams and cleanings with a dentist every six months.
During a dental examination, one of our dentists at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates will assess the overall condition of your teeth. They will use a tiny mirror and sometimes an intraoral camera to examine every side of them. Our dentists will also examine the soft tissues of your mouth to check for lesions, tumors, or oral cancer.
Our dentists in Great Neck & Hicksville, NY may also spot signs of chronic health conditions that you are not aware of. For instance, they can spot early signs of high blood pressure, diabetes, or throat cancer. If they do find indications of chronic diseases, they will recommend visiting your primary physician for an assessment and treatment.
If your teeth are in good condition, then our dentist will conduct a routine, or prophylaxis, cleaning. This cleaning helps to remove plaque from your teeth, any food particles left behind in them, and help reduce the appearance of stains.
If one of our dentists at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates notices gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontitis, then they may do a cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This cleaning removes tartar, which is dried plaque, from the teeth and along the gum line. It reduces the chance of developing more serious periodontal problems.
A deep cleaning, which is a gross debridement, removes both plaque and tartar that is on your teeth. While brushing your teeth can remove plaque, it does not remove tartar. So, deep cleaning removes it from the gums, teeth, and between teeth.
If you want to stay healthy and have great looking teeth, visit one of our dentists at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates in Great Neck & Hicksville, NY for biannual teeth exams and cleanings.