Staying On Top Of Your Oral Health
Today’s dental treatments involve advanced techniques and equipment that can help most patients bounce back from virtually any dental health concern. However, it is important to recognize that prevention is still the best way to protect and preserve your smile. In addition to your at-home practices of brushing and flossing, it is important to attend a routine dental checkup and cleaning appointment at least once every six months.
During your visit, Dr. Foust will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues for any signs that could indicate cause for concern. Additionally, your exam may include the use of digital imaging equipment, such as digital X-rays and intraoral cameras in order to gain a more complete picture of your dental needs. Finally, we will carefully clean your teeth and gum line of harmful plaque and tartar, which harbor oral bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
The Importance of Dental Prevention
If you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, then you can manage most of the plaque deposits that harmful oral bacteria form each day. Nevertheless, the tiny spots that you occasionally miss can quickly calcify into tartar. The prolonged presence of tartar can give these bacteria time to erode your tooth enamel and/or irritate your gums. If not addressed routinely, they can quickly lead to progressive tooth decay and gum disease, as well as the need for more extensive periodontal or restorative treatment to address them.
Schedule Your Six-Month Checkup With Our Team
Checkup and cleaning appointments are vital to your good oral health, and no preventive routine is complete without them. Even still, they only count if you stick consistently to your recommended schedule. For more information about the importance of your checkup, schedule an appointment at Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today by calling our team at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.