A dental exam is about detecting cavities, but here at Granite View Dental, it’s also about a lot more. Our oral examinations include a physical and visual checkup of your teeth, checking for any signs of loose teeth or restorations. Periodic x-rays help our Sandy City dentist to detect even small signs of tooth decay, as well as potential concerns like bone atrophy and cysts. In addition, a periodontal exam will be done, your occlusion (bite) will be analyzed, and you will be screened for signs of oral cancer.
The starting point of optimal oral health lies with you, at home. You should adhere to a nutritious diet, limited in sugar. Brushing after meals and a daily session of thorough flossing combine to remove most of the plaque and food particles from on and between your teeth. Plaque is public enemy number one for both your teeth and your gums. It leads to tooth decay and the formation of cavities, as well as the irritation, inflammation, and infection of gums. Plaque is stubborn and sneaky. It clings between teeth and in gum pockets, avoiding the reach of your oral hygiene efforts. It then can harden into tartar, which is just as hazardous, but is not removable with dental floss or a toothbrush. You need our Sandy City dentist for that.
Next to cavity prevention, the most important thing is to find them early and get them treated with fillings. This keeps them from growing larger and exposing the tooth to bacteria, an infection in the pulp of the tooth, pain, root canal therapy, and maybe even the loss of the tooth entirely. And as essential as it is to manage the effects of tooth decay, it is equally vital for our Sandy City dentist to stop new ones from forming. This is where a good teeth cleaning comes in.
As part of our dental exams, you will also get your teeth cleaned. Any remaining plaque, tartar, and food remnants will be eradicated, leaving you with a mouth that feels fresh because it is. It is like hitting the reset button on your oral well-being. In fact, not only will it slow the possibility of getting future cavities and gum disease, but if our Sandy City dentist does find indications of its first stage (gingivitis), a teeth cleaning (or two) will reverse it.