Most people who haven’t been trained early on about the importance of dental hygiene seldom pay much heed to oral health, including setting up regular visits to a skilled Ormond Beach dentist. What they don’t realize is that dental health is connected to overall physical health and well-being. As an article from the Florida Sun-Sentinel points out:

Oral Health

“Oral health is extremely important as it has been linked with major health problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease,” said {Dr. Yi } Guo, who also noted that the burden of oral disease falls heaviest on rural, low-income Americans. “Our goal is to identify factors that could potentially help promote better oral health in our rural communities.”

Regular visits to your dentist ensures that everything is fine with your teeth and gums. To get the most out of your checkups with a dentist in Daytona Beach, such as with Dr. Anny B. Vera, take time to find one in your locality with whom you can feel comfortable. A dentist that only seems to aggravate your nerves with every visit will only make things more stressful for you.

Dentists typically schedule a regular checkup every six months; however, special cases can be scheduled according to need. An interval of every three months is offered to those who may need more care and attention with their case. The basic rule of thumb is that the healthier your teeth and gums are, the longer the time you may allow yourself before the next checkup.

During the checkup, your dentist will first examine your mouth, teeth, and gums. Your dentist will look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and even early signs of oral cancer. A special probe will be used to measure the “pockets” between your teeth and gums to see if any cavities are present.

After the examination, and if no cavity is found, a dental hygienist takes over to clean your teeth. Using both a hand scaler and an ultrasonic dental instrument, the dental hygienist will scrape and remove the tartar from your teeth. This will be followed by a tooth polishing procedure using a dental brush to polish the teeth clean. This should take at least 30 to 45 minutes to make for thorough cleaning.

Some checkups, especially where a certain procedure is recommended, will take an X-ray of your mouth to survey the area that needs treatment. Dentists also take X-rays to check the internal development of a child’s teeth. Take advantage of your dentist’s expertise by taking some advice from him or her on how to keep and maintain your teeth in their best condition at all times.

(Source: Better communication is key to overall oral health, Sun-Sentinel, June 16, 2014)