What to Expect During Your Dental Exam
Attending your regular dental appointments has never been more important because we now understand how periodontal (gum) disease is related to other health concerns in the body such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. You will be screened for periodontal disease and other oral health concerns during your exam with your dentist in Alpharetta, GA. Here's more information on what else to expect during your regular dental checkup.
Oral Cancer Screenings
We don't typically hear too much about oral cancer, however it affects many Americans each year. Because there's not a lot of pain associated with oral cancer at first, it often goes undetected until its more advanced stages, making treatment less effective. When you visit Dr. Kai Liang every six months, he'll screen you for oral cancer in order to detect it in its earliest stages.
X-rays are typically taken once per year to give Dr. Liang an inside perspective of your teeth and bone. With x-rays he can monitor changes in the health of your bone, jaw joints, and teeth. X-rays also allow him to see issues such as tooth decay very early on. With early detection, many patients can often reverse the effects of tooth decay.
During your six-month checkup, we'll actually measure the health of your gums to ensure that there are no signs of recession or gum disease. The good news is that gum disease detected in its early stage called gingivitis can often be effectively managed with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care, and even reversed in some cases. Because gum disease affects your overall health and well being, it's important to be proactive about regular checkups.
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we're proud to be your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health, and this is why we recommend that you visit us every six months or twice per year. Prevention is the key to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.