Health care professionals at the well-respected Cleveland Clinic reinforce something that your dentist in Orlando, Dr. Ziyad Maali, teaches: prevent problems with your teeth and gums with regular professional cleanings and check-ups. Most children, teens, and adults should see Dr. Maali twice a year.
THE HOW AND WHY OF THE ROUTINE EXAM AND CLEANING
Dr. Maali and his staff at Sand Lake Family Dental make routine visits easy, but still, these appointments are so critical to your health. As part of your regular appointment, a skilled hygienist gently removes the plaque and tartar that naturally forms on your teeth and at the gum line.
Why does she do this? This is the biggest reason for getting regular cleanings: plaque and tartar damage your teeth, gums, and bone because they harbor destructive bacteria. Mostly commonly called Streptococcus mutans, these microorganisms secrete corrosive acids that lead to tooth decay and devastating gum disease–two of the biggest causes of tooth loss among American adults.
Additionally, when not routinely removed by teeth cleaning in Orlando, those germs in plaque and tartar lead to systemic health issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Type-2 diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
- Kidney and liver disease
Ancillary benefits of six-month cleanings are fresh breath and bright, shiny tooth enamel. As your hygienist scales your teeth and polishes tooth surfaces, accumulated organic matter causes stains to disappear. So, your teeth and gums appear as clean as they feel!
In summary, there are four reasons to get routine hygienic cleanings at Sand Lake Family Dental:
- Remove harmful plaque and tartar and their bacteria
- Prevent tooth decay and gum disease
- Freshen breath
- Remove staining material and polish teeth
THE ROUTINE ORAL EXAM
Along with your cleaning, Dr. Maali performs a complete oral examination. It includes several assessments of your oral health and a discussion of his findings and your concerns for your oral function and aesthetics.
So, as you relax in the dental chair, Dr. Maali visually inspects your teeth, gums, and the soft tissues of the mouth for:
- Signs of decay
- Symptoms of Gum Disease, include redness, swelling, and recession of soft tissues and bone
- Oral cancer
- Problems with how your teeth come together
- Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD (improper closing of the jaw, pain, and odd noisiness of the joint)
- The condition of existing restorations such as fillings, bridgework, and crowns
Plus, Dr. Maali discusses your overall health, medical history, and current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. He may take digital X-rays as needed.
TEETH CLEANING AND CHECK-UPS SUPPORT HYGIENE AT HOME
While there are plenty of good reasons for twice-yearly cleanings and check-ups, they are not enough to maintain good oral health. Dr. Maali wants all his patients to brush their teeth twice daily and to floss once a day to remove plaque. Plus, a healthy diet not only helps trim your waistline but supports an outstanding smile as well.
DENTAL CLEANINGS ARE EASY TO ARRANGE
Don’t hesitate about your oral health. Contact Sand Lake Family Dental now to set up your cleaning and exam. Keep those teeth and gums at their very best.