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What to Expect at the Dentist's Office

Last updated 4 years ago

Fear of the unknown can often be worse than what you're afraid of. If you're nervous about undergoing a dental exam and cleaning, it's time to face that fear — seeing our office regularly can help you avoid dental problems, including some that can cause pain.

There’s no denying the health benefits of regular dental checkups. Of course you want to keep your teeth white and healthy for a beautiful smile, but good oral health has benefits that extend to your entire body, and avoiding the dentist puts your dental and overall health at risk.

"There have been many studies about the connection between the mouth and total body health," says Jolene R. Zirnheld, DMD, of the Louisville Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in Kentucky. "The bacteria in the mouth can affect the health of your body by increasing the inflammatory factors in the blood and tissues as your body senses that there is periodontal disease or decay present."

The dental exam will:

    Determine the health of your teeth and gums

    Spot any areas of tooth decay

    Detect any tooth or gum abnormalities

    Look for signs of oral cancer

An integral part of your visit to City Dental office is a thorough cleaning, usually done by a dental hygienist. This specialist uses various tools to remove stubborn plaque and tartar from your teeth, polish them, and floss carefully between each tooth. The cleaning extends below the gum line to help remove debris and buildup. Because dental health is so important, you need to overcome any anxieties that are preventing you from going to twice-yearly exams. There are a variety of steps  we  can take to minimize anxiety and discomfort while you're in the chair with your mouth open wide.

"Cleanings and checkups can be made as painless as possible with the help of aids like an ultrasonic cleaner that will remove or loosen plaque and tartar from the teeth," Zirnheld says. The ultrasonic cleaner is a gentle alternative to the scraping tools that cause the discomfort many people fear.

City Dental doctor or hygienist can also apply a topical anesthetic to your gums before starting the cleaning. This will numb the surface area to eliminate any discomfort. "

Regular dental visits are essential for the diagnosis and treatment of dental health problems before they progress to a more severe state. Regular cleanings  at  City Dental office will pinpoint any developing tooth decay and periodontal disease, which rarely show symptoms early on.

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