Regular cleaning and examination of the teeth, gums and mouth are important elements of an effective, comprehensive dental care program – and more.
The mouth is the gateway to your body, and as such should be kept as clean and bacteria-free as possible. A regular professional teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist is the best way to ensure the complete removal of trapped particles, plaque and tartar. Failure to remove deposits that buildup on the teeth leads to decay, gum disease, bone loss and other health problems, as well as halitosis (bad breath).
Every year, researchers are discovering more reasons to keep the teeth, gums and mouth clean and healthy. There is a correlation between the mouth’s health and many diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Further, poor oral health can contribute to numerous chronic diseases.
Doctor McFarland will perform an exam of your mouth, teeth and gums after each cleaning, which is necessary to detect problems with teeth and gums early. He will also suggest a schedule for regular teeth cleaning and exams based on your age, general health, oral hygiene practices and the condition of your teeth and gums.
Professional teeth cleaning and thorough oral exams are the best preventive health measures for you and your teeth. Doctor McFarland will have a Digital radiography image made of your entire mouth using our Panorex imaging system. This image will be invaluable to the doctor when he examines or treats you.
It is really never too soon to start teaching children to properly care for their teeth. While the lifespan of baby teeth is limited, getting into the brushing habit during those years has proven to be an effective base for lifelong care of the mouth and teeth.