Unfortunately, just like with the rest of our bodies, there’s an awful lot that can go wrong inside our mouths. Even those of us with near-perfect diet oral hygiene habits, even those of us who brush, floss and rinse like we’re supposed to, can develop serious problems out of the blue due to trauma or genetic bad luck. (Those with dental hygiene habits that aren’t so stellar — well — as expected, they’re all the more likely to run into serious problems.) This is why we here at the Greenwich general dentist practice of My Creative Dentist conduct comprehensive dental exams for each and every one of our patients. If you have a few minutes to spare, we like to tell you about some of the things we’ll look at when you come in for your appointments every six months.
There are three main things we here at My Creative Dentist will have our eyes peeled for when you take a seat in one of our chairs: tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Tooth decay (a.k.a. “Cavities”) happens when acid-producing bacteria are able to burn their way into tooth enamel — the hard shell that protects each of our teeth. Generally speaking, our Greenwich general dentist searches for cavities in two ways. One of these ways is by feeling for suspicious divots and soft spots in teeth with a special hook-shaped tool. The other is by taking mouth x-rays. While most of us tend to think about our teeth when anticipating going to the dentist, our gums are of equal importance and concern. They hold our teeth in place and protect their roots from excessive plaque buildup after all! You can be sure, then, that your dentist will be closely inspecting you gums for signs of disease such as swelling, bleeding and recession. Finally, though it’s highly improbable that you will have an oral tumor, your doctor will also look at your lips, tongue and throat for any signs of trouble.
We here at My Creative Dentist understand that it can be anxiety-inducing to think about all these health problems. Though we aren’t trying to scare you, we do want to encourage you to have your mouth examined by our Greenwich general dentist on a regular basis. Early detection is the key to addressing oral health issues before they get out of control.