They say that the best offense is a good defense, and we believe that saying rings true for dental care too. Hygiene visits are an important part of your oral health care, from a young age through adulthood. These visits not only can clean up your smile, but also keep a lookout for warning signs of impending diseases or other health afflictions. Take a look at what a typical hygiene visit entails with Dr. Kovacevic and what advantages it can bring you.
Why Are Hygiene Visits Important?
Most patients may think that these hygiene visits are just to clean your teeth, but there’s more to it than that. Yes, these hygiene visits include cleanings and scans, but Dr. Kovacevic is looking at more than just the tartar build-up on your teeth. He’s looking out for dark spots, pits, or holes in your teeth, unusual lumps or discoloration in your tissues, and other abnormalities. These could be early signs of tooth decay, gum disease (and the more extreme periodontitis), or other oral ailments. If you happen to notice any changes yourself while you’re at home, then consult with Dr. Kovacevic to see if there’s a cause behind it.
Another advantage of hygiene visits is for oral cancer screenings. Dr. Kovacevic will typically check for lumps along your jaw, cheeks, or neck, and look for those discolorations in your tissues. Early detection is key to treatment, so visit Dr. Kovacevic for an oral cancer screening as soon as possible, especially if you feel anything unusual in your mouth.
Now, the lesser known advantages of a hygiene visit are looking out for indications of bodily health problems. You may not realize that a dentist could spot changes in your body before you can. For example, symptoms of diabetes include pocketing of the gums, whereas warnings signs of kidney disease include bad breath, constant unpleasant taste in the mouth, or dry mouth.
What to Expect
When you enter our office for a regular check-up, we’ll first take x-ray scans of your teeth. These scans are used to compare to your last check-up, so we can note any changes in the state of your teeth. This is also key to early detection, as unusual changes in tooth placement could be signs of oncoming diseases.
While these scans are being reviewed, you’ll undergo a traditional cleaning, including flossing, a fluoride rinse, and polishing of the teeth. During this time, your hygienist will be looking out for abnormalities in your oral health. Dr. Kovacevic will also be checking your vital areas for lumps and lesions. If you have any questions about changes in your oral health that you’ve experienced, this would be the time to share your concerns.
Experience a Comfortable Hygiene Visit in Greensburg
Hygiene visits should not be seen as scary, but are chances to thoroughly clean and polish your smile. These are also opportunities to discuss any changes in your oral health with Dr. Kovacevic, to ensure that you are in optimal health. If you and your family are new patients, contact us today to schedule a first time check-up and we’ll be happy to assist you.