When it comes to medicine and dentistry, maintaining good hygiene and taking necessary preventive measures are two of the most effective ways of keeping all kinds of infections at bay. Leading dentists across the globe agree on the fact that the right preventive measures taken at the right time can actually eliminate chances of common dental infections. Patients that manage to incorporate a good oral hygiene regime in their daily lives are less likely to develop caries or gingival conditions as compared to those who do not.
Dental Examination and Cleaning: At clinics, surgeons conduct an initial dental examination or evaluation to assess the patient’s oral health in order to chart a treatment plan accordingly. During a dental exam, instruments such as probes, mirrors and tweezers are used to examine all oral hard and soft tissues to detect visible anomalies such as carious lesions, changes in mucosal color or texture, inflammation etc. The examination is entirely painless and non-invasive, and is performed using disposable gloves. Once the evaluation has been completed, the dentist proceeds to plan a treatment after referring a patient for professional dental cleaning or additional radiographs if needed.
Dental cleaning is a procedure whereby an ultrasonic hand held scaler is used to remove any plaque, food debris, and calculus buildups around the teeth and beneath the gums. Dental cleaning, also known as Scaling, is recommended to all patients at least once in four months especially in they are unable to maintain optimal oral hygiene themselves. Scaling prevents common gingival conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Dental X-Rays: Dental X-rays are required to diagnose a number of dental conditions, especially those that involve inner dental structures such as dentine, pulp, root, surrounding soft tissues and alveolar bone. Common dental radiographs include Periapical, Bite-Wing, Lateral Cephalograms and OPG. Radiographs play a critical role in correctly planning treatments for orthodontic mal-alignments, tooth impactions, orthognathic surgeries, and root canals procedures etc.
Home Care: General oral health is determined by an individual’s lifestyle, habits and how he/she maintain oral hygiene at home. Good oral home care includes brushing after each meal, and most importantly before bedtime, flossing daily, using mouthwashes to ward off bad breath and refraining from indulging in harmful habits such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and tobacco/betel nut chewing.
With their best interests in our hearts, we at George Turner DDS look out for all our patients striving to provide them with the very best in oral healthcare services. Book an appointment today to experience the difference!