You've heard it before; you should visit the dentist every six months. Many people avoid this, opting to visit once each year or even less. The truth is there is a strong connection between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Dr. James Medlock believes in this holistic philosophy to dental services. He believes that keeping your mouth healthy is one way to help take care of your entire body. Many conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes have ties to symptoms and disease in the mouth. Regular dental visits are one way patients can take control of their wellbeing and help keep their mouth, and body, healthy.
A large portion of general check-ups with the dentist involves x-rays and examinations for tooth decay. However, our comprehensive exams involve much more. Dr. Medlock will take time to examine your entire mouth, looking for early warning signs of conditions such as gum disease. When caught early, gum disease is reversible with an improvement in hygiene. When left untreated, early gum disease (gingivitis) can become periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss and require surgery.
Dr. Medlock will also take this opportunity to look for any signs of oral cancer and evaluate your bite and jaw, looking for signs of TMJ.
Your teeth will also receive a thorough, professional cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar. Plaque builds up on teeth very quickly and when left on there, hosts bacteria that can cause decay and gum disease.
Between visits, it is important to practice proper at home dental care. You should brush at least twice daily and floss every evening. You may want to incorporate an antibacterial mouthwash to help eliminate plaque.
By staying proactive about your visits to the dentist, you can ensure any potential problems are caught early when they are still minor and treated easily. Dr. James Medlock is committed to helping his patients maintain a healthy mouth. Call today and schedule your visit to find out why so many of our patients are thrilled with the care they receive.
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