Your teeth need attention and timely dental care to stay healthy and attractive. The outer layer of your teeth is made from hard enamel, but a number of factors – like sugary foods or failing to see a doctor on time – can result in damaged, chipped and even missing teeth.
As many as 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth; to make sure you never have to join their ranks, it’s worth coming in to see a dentist regularly for complete check-ups, like the ones we offer here at South Shore Dental Clinic.
Here’s what happens during a routine check-up…
- Digital X-Ray
Traditional X-Rays work great, but they also carry many risks. Specifically, any kind of radiation can result in benign tumors and/or cancer – especially when a patient is exposed to it frequently. This includes X-Rays.
Fortunately, our clinic offers modern digital X-Ray equipment which provides high-resolution scans of your teeth and jawbone without exposing you to radiation. With our equipment, we won’t ask you to sit “perfectly still” the same way a regular scan requires. This is important because it means you don’t have to get multiple X-Rays to make sure there’s a high-quality one. It’s also great news if you have kids that you don’t want to be exposed to radiation.
And while the X-Ray will help us identify the treatment your hard tissues may need, we also provide…
- Oral Cancer Screenings
Around 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. That may not seem like a large number – but since around 50% of these cases cause patient death within 5 years, you definitely want to get regular check-ups for the disease.
This is the other reason it’s important to see a dentist regularly. He or she will be able to tell you whether you have any tumors, benign or otherwise, in your soft mouth tissue. They will also be able to diagnose you if you suffer from Human Papilloma Virus, gum disease or anything else that may threaten your health, or that of your teeth.
The third common service we offer as part of our check-ups is…
- Professional Dental Cleanings
Brushing, flossing and Listerine are 3 effective ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. However, the truth is that even perfect dental hygiene can’t fully protect your teeth from plaque, tartar and – eventually – cavities.
This is why it’s highly recommended to get your teeth cleaned by a dentist every once in awhile. This will keep your teeth white and healthy while removing hardened tartar that can lead to tooth decay, cavities, etc.
Of course, if you have unique needs – say, you’ve had a mineral deficiency in the past – you may want to add other general dental services, like fluoride applications, to your regular check-up.
To get a free consultation or book a check-up immediately, contact us at (781) 277-3120. We look forward to hearing from you!