Conversations during dental checkups typically cover the results of the patient’s oral examination, what procedures would need to be done, what those procedures would be likely and other things more related to the examination and treatment.
But are there are other things the dentist wants their patients to know about? Perhaps things that aren’t often discussed during dental checkups?
At Ambler Dental Care, we think it would be interesting for patients to know these top 5 things:
It might not seem like it, but the teeth are coated with plaque, especially if regular brushing is skipped. Plaque is a super sticky biofilm that coats the teeth with bacteria. The teeth may look and feel clean, but the plaque may have been starting to build-up on the surface of the teeth ready to cause decay or other dental complications.
Saliva which is often taken for granted is not just a form of liquid in the mouth which makes it easier for people to swallow foods. It helps in dissolving the food being eaten and also has a contribution in keeping the mouth clean and healthy; saliva keeps the pH balance in the mouth especially after eating acidic foods. Saliva also acts as a natural mouthwash which removes particles stuck on any areas of the mouth, that is why dentists recommend their patients to stay hydrated at all times.
Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing are not normal. Once experienced it is best to seek the help of a dental professional for a proper diagnosis since it may be a sign of gum disease. If the condition is left untreated, it can cause not only dental complications but also other health problems.
Flossing a few days before a dental appointment is pointless, a dentist can still tell by the gum tissues whether a patient flosses regularly or not.
If the eye is the window to one’s soul, the mouth is the window to the overall health of a person. The dentist can detect several health conditions during checkups which is why if a patient is recommended to see a doctor, it is only for the best.
Dentists do not keep the teeth healthy only for the patient's appearance. Proper dental care with maintenance can ensure their overall health and wellness.
Get healthy and beautiful looking set of teeth with General Dentistry in Ambler, PA! Contact us to book your appointment with Ambler Dental Care; we are located in 602 South Bethlehem Pike, Suite C-2, Ambler, PA 19002.