General Dentistry

Routine General Dentist Visits Help With Oral Health

general dentist portland maineResearch has shown that the health of your mouth is a reflection of your body’s overall health. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a link between health complications such as a stroke and heart disease and oral health issues like gum (periodontal) disease.  Regular appointments at your dental clinic in Portland, Maine should be a part of your overall health care regimen.

Additional research has shown that 90% of diseases involving multiple organs or the whole body show oral manifestations such as dry mouth, mouth ulcers, and excessive gum problems including swelling or frequent bleeding.

As a result of this direct connection between your oral health and your body’s overall health, your dentist is often the first of defense against potentially life-altering sickness and disease.

Dental Exams

At your first visit to our office a detailed dental exam will be performed. X-rays may be taken at this visit to give our team as much information as possible to help in treating any issues with your teeth. An evaluation of your general oral health and hygiene will also be done. During your visit, we will also be on the lookout for any tooth decay. The staff will use their special instruments to do this. Lastly, any existing dental work you have will be examined. If you have fillings, crowns, or any other treatments done, it will be examined to be sure everything is in good condition.

Dental X-Rays

X-rays may be taken during your first visit for one or several reasons. The goal of x-rays is to inform you and your dentist of the condition of your teeth, roots, gums and jawbone. Some of the things that the x-rays will help identify are any possible bone loss, tooth decay or tumors. Being able to see and know the condition, shape and position of your roots and teeth will also be helpful.

Oral Cancer Screening

An oral cancer screening evaluation will be done of your gums and bone around the teeth. The dentist and/or hygienist will be looking for any signs of gum disease or periodontal disease. Your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat and even the tissue in your mouth will be checked for oral cancer.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Dental hygienists usually do all of the cleanings at any dental office. Normally whenever you call to set up a dental cleaning, you would also be scheduled for a dental exam. A typical dental cleaning involves three steps. The first two steps involve removing tartar and plaque and during the final step your teeth are polished.

The removal of tartar or calculus can only be done with special tools and this is one of the reasons regular dental cleanings are important. Plaque that gets left on the teeth becomes hard and turns into calculus. When the calculus becomes very firmly attached to the teeth it needs to be removed by a dental hygienist.

The removal of plaque is necessary to help avoid periodontal disease. Plaque is a sticky film that can form on the teeth. This sticky stuff then allows bacteria, food and saliva to build up which can then cause the gums to get inflamed and infected. All of this can lead to periodontal disease.

Once all of the removal of tartar and plaque buildup is completed, the last step is the most noticeable to you. The teeth are polished. Polishing leaves them shiny but also removes stains and any plaque that might have been missed earlier.

Call Morgan-Hill Dental Care today to set up an appointment for your dental exam and dental cleaning. Both are important in maintaining great oral health.