Biannual dental examinations are a very important part of preventive healthcare. During your dental exam, the dentist will look inside your mouth as well as evaluate your head and neck for any abnormalities such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, oral cancer, sores or lesions, TMJ disorders, tooth decay, and other conditions. The dentist will evaluate and assess your digital images. These images are paramount in properly diagnosing decay and other conditions of the mouth and head. During your dental exam, the dentist may discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits. If needed, the dentist might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion during your dental exam might include the following:

What type of dental cleaning you need, routine or root planing and scaling
Medications you are taking, including supplements
Use of tobacco products and oral cancer screening
Consequences of tooth loss from extractions
Benefits of preventive procedures such as dental sealants and /or occlusal night guards
Benefits of certain dental procedures such as crowns, fixed bridges, or dental implants
Use of dentures or partial dentures
Cosmetic procedures

Routine dental cleanings (prophylaxis cleaning) are an important part of maintaining your dental and overall health. Research has proven that good oral hygiene is important not only for your appearance, but also for your general health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, stroke, and more. Routine dental cleanings can help prevent these problems as well as provide you with a chance to talk with your dentist or hygienist about how to maintain your oral health. One of the biggest goals of routine cleanings is to help prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.

A dental exam and cleaning in Farmersville and Van Alstyne, Texas, gives you the opportunity to ask questions about your oral health, so please take this time to ask questions. You may contact Harvest Dental at 469-812-7100 to arrange your visit with Drs. Horsley and Walker soon.