Dental Exams Prevent Serious Oral Health Problems
Here at Milford Dental Excellence (MDE), along with providing holistic patient care, we have a mission—to prevent your dental health problems from ever developing.
What is the best way to do this? Maintaining your routine dental care. This includes:
- Brushing at least twice per day
- Flossing at bedtime
- Maintaining hygiene visits
The American Dental Association (ADA) and our team highly recommend scheduling routine dental appointments every six months. Doing so will ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.
A comprehensive dental visit includes:
- A conversation about your dental health priorities and concerns
- An oral cancer screening
- Evaluation of your jaw joint and function
- A screening for sleep-related issues
- X-rays (as needed) to discover underlying dental problems
- Evaluation of gum tissue and bone support
- Education on current oral health condition
- Development of a personalized treatment plan
My most recent visit was for a cleaning and an exam. I have been a patient at this practice for more years than I can remember. I have been attended to by Dr. Egbert, Dr Reineck and most recently by Dr. Powers. I have been cared for by almost all of the hygienists and have found all the staff to be competent and professional.
My husband and I have been patients there for more than 10 years and we both love our visits each time we go. They always remember us when we come in, and we pick right up where we left off with the doctors and hygienists. They always make us feel like extended family. We recommend MDE to everyone looking for a great dental experience!
Milford Dental Excellence is the most informed, friendly, and professional dental practice I have ever been to. I didn’t know the bar could be so high. I live downtown making it a 30 minute commute to them, but because they truly are excellent I will continue to visit them twice a year for as long as I live in Cincinnati. Thanks guys!
Additional Information on Dental Exams
What Happens at a Dental Checkup?
Going to the dentist for a dental exam is not solely about inspecting for those dreaded cavities. There are important reasons why it’s recommended that you have a dental exam two times a year. Needless to say, regular checkups are crucial in maintaining your oral health and ensuring your smile remains beautiful. But, in addition to that, these exams have the additional purpose of checking for ailments that might not be limited to the teeth or gums.
These regular dental checkups are in order to diagnose problems such as periodontal disease, cavities, as well as many other oral health problems in the early stages. This is important as health ailments are the easiest to treat with early detection. If not caught in the early stages, some otherwise preventable ailments can cause major problems. But it’s not just your mouth, as some symptoms a dentist observes can be used to diagnose diseases elsewhere in your body.
Regular visits with your dentist can lower the risk of getting some diseases. Not having professional cleanings will allow your mouth’s bacteria to adhere to your teeth, coating the teeth’s surface with a biofilm. These bacteria can find their way into your tissues and blood vessels, causing inflammation or disease in other parts of your body.
You may not know this, but a dentist can also help protect you from heart disease. People who do not get their regular exams and teeth cleanings are at a 24% greater risk of having a heart attack and a 13% higher chance of having a stroke than people who have routine cleanings and exams, according to the American Heart Association. Also, dentists check for high blood pressure in their patients and refer them to a doctor.
Your dentist may discover symptoms like gums that are swollen or bleeding, or tooth enamel erosion which can indicate diseases including acid reflux, eating disorders, and osteoporosis. Gum disease may be an indication you have diabetes. A condition called oral candidiasis might be an indicator of a critical health issue such as HIV, while Crohn’s disease might be indicated by mouth ulcers.
Also, dental checkups look for risk factors for diseases like cancer.
So, now you know why your dentist appointments are crucial.
Have you made your next appointment with Milford Dental Excellence? Get in touch with us now to schedule one!