Does the start of your day begin with your dental routine? Brushing, flossing, even swishing around some refreshing mouthwash—just how any dentist would recommend. But lately, you’ve been noticing slight bleeding and inflammation in your gums. How long has it been since you’ve visited your dentist in Coeur D’Alene, ID? Even with the best at-home dental practices, it’s critical to routinely visit your dentist to maintain good oral and general health. Orban Family Dentistry offers preventive dental services that are centered around each patient. Our goal is to help you reach and maintain your optimal oral health.
Visit Your Dentist At Least Twice a Year!
In 1903 Thaddeus P. Hyatt—commonly known as “The Father of Preventive Dentistry”—encouraged dentists to not only repair teeth but help patients prevent decay. Overtime, dental organizations decided that there was a need to set standards for preventive dentistry. It became a useful rule of thumb to visit the dentist semiannually.
Of course, this standard can vary for each patient depending on their dental hygiene habits, medical conditions, and lifestyle choices. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, it’s important to see your dentist regularly.
Sometimes, Twice a Year Isn’t Enough.
A history consistent history of dental problems shows that they can’t be caught by the untrained eye in their preliminary stages. Dr. Orban can spot current and future health problems that you cannot feel just yet.
In fact, your overall health is directly correlated to your dental health. You may want to consider visiting your dentist more often than twice a year if you’re considered to be a “high-risk” dental patient. High-risk patients have more chances of developing gum disease, oral cancer or have a low immune system. Some examples of high-risk patients may be pregnant women, smokers, or avid drinkers. Not only may you be at risk for developing dental diseases with these habits and conditions, but your overall health could possibly be affected, too.
Routine Appointments: Thorough Checkups and Professional Cleanings
The first step in achieving and maintaining great oral health is visiting Orban Family Dental. During your dental appointments, you can expect personalized care for you and your family members.
Each appointment will start with a detail-orientated check of your oral tissues, gums, mouth, neck, and head area. Your dentist checks this whole area to stay two steps ahead of major health issues like large lymph nodes on your neck (sign of oral cancer). We’ll also look for dysfunctional TMJ movement, lesions, and signs of disease.
After your checkup, your dentist will thoroughly clean between and along every tooth. The point of a professional cleaning is to remove hardened plaque, bacteria, and other debris that you may be missing during your normal hygiene routine. These cleaning significantly reduce your chances of developing serious diseases, decay, and tooth loss.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Dr. Orban can create a custom treatment plan for you if any health problems were to arise during your examination. One of the best things about visiting your dentist is knowing that you have a professional that cares about your teeth as much as you do. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!