Brushing and flossing your teeth is not enough to keep them healthy throughout your lifetime. Dental hygiene appointments and thorough, professional cleanings performed by your dentist are the only way to be sure that your teeth are getting the care they deserve. We can also help by identifying teeth in danger of disease and damage before they can fall victim to either.
Although ours is mainly a cosmetic dentistry office, Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is also highly experienced in general dentistry. We provide treatment for any type of regular dental issue, including dental cleanings and hygiene checks.
Importance of Regular Checkups
You may already be aware of why it is important for you to have regular dental hygiene appointments, but patients sometimes think that a dental cleaning is just a backup plan in case they forget to brush now and then. The reality is that having your dentist regularly clean your teeth provides her with the chance to thoroughly check your teeth and gums for signs of:
- Decay, like dental carries and metal fillings that need to be replaced
- Accelerated wearing such as is caused by TMD
- Gum disease
- Damage to teeth such as chips, cracks and breaks
Each of these can create severe dental issues if they are not cared for, but can be easily treated if diagnosed early by your dentist. This kind of preventative dentistry can save you tens of thousands of dollars in future dental work, and even keep you from losing your teeth and needing dentures when you are old.
What to Expect at a Dental Checkup
Because your tooth brush and dental floss cannot remove all the tartar and plaque from your teeth, it is important that your dental cleanings be no more than one year apart. When you visit our office for a dental hygiene appointment, you can expect several things:
- A thorough examination of your teeth and gums
- Thorough, professional cleaning
- Recommendations on how to retain or regain tooth health
If you have a damaged or broken tooth we will recommend that you have it repaired immediately to prevent unnecessary infection or further damage. Likewise, if your gums are in poor condition or you have the symptoms of periodontal disease, you should undergo treatment at once to prevent damage to your jaw bone tissue and tooth loss. Having regular dental cleanings allows us to diagnose these and other conditions as soon as their symptoms appear, rather than waiting until you are in pain or have suffered tooth damage or lost teeth.
To learn more about how our general dentists can help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, please contact our office today by calling (800) 672-8518 or completing the form on this page. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville welcomes patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.