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We have so many resources to keep our dental health in check -- here's how you can best utilize them.
General dentistry is preventive dentistry, and dental exams are a necessary part of any preventive dentistry program. Because most dental problems are painless, if you're not visiting the dentist on a regular basis, you may not be aware of your condition until it causes significant damage. And if you're concerned about the cost, consider this: Preventive dentistry is less expensive than restorative dental treatment, which you're bound to need if you don't take care of your teeth!
- Checkup and Dental Cleaning - A prophylaxis, also known as a dental cleaning, appointment is recommended every six months to check for signs of tooth decay and remove dental plaque that you've missed. The dentist and dental hygienist have special tools to reduce the dental tartar and stains that you're unable to remove on your own.
- X-rays - X-rays allow dentists to look for dental conditions not visible to the naked eye, such as cavities between teeth and dental problems below the gum line.
- Oral Cancer Screening - Dentists will check for signs of malignancy during a dental exam. If needed, they'll conduct an oral cancer exam.
- Patient Education - Patients who understand the outcome of poor dental health are more likely to see the dentist for preventive dentistry treatments.