Cleanings and Examinations
NYC Cosmetic Dentists Serving Manhattan and New York, NY
Routine cleanings and examinations are essential for maintaining peak oral health. Taking place every six months, these visits allow for the complete removal of plaque and tartar from all areas of your teeth, making them an essential part of your preventive dentistry routine. What’s more, during these visits Dr. Ramin Tabib or Dr. Elisa Mello will carefully examine your teeth and gums through both hands-on and diagnostic methods to detect cavities, gum inflammation, and other potential oral health issues. When caught early on these issues can easily be treated, helping prevent more involved procedures or advanced problems such as tooth loss.
The Systemic Consequences of Poor Oral Health
Poor oral health can result in infection, cavities, gum disease, and the eventual loss of teeth. These issues alone make a strong oral hygiene routine important, but are not the only reasons to maintain twice-yearly visits with our New York City dentists. New research suggests untreated tooth infection increases risks for coronary artery disease and, because this issue can be asymptomatic for months, routine visits may prove irreplaceable when it comes to detection.
Like infection of the teeth, infection of the gums is linked to coronary artery disease. Untreated gum disease is also linked to:
- Breast cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver and kidney failure
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Gum disease can increase risks for premature birth and low birth weight in pregnant women and has been shown to increase risks for complications in patients with diabetes. Your biannual visits with Dr. Mello and Dr. Tabib allow gum disease to be detected and treated long before these more serious consequences occur.
Your Role in Dental Health
The care you take of your teeth and gums in between dental visits plays a significant role in preventing serious oral health problems. Brushing after every meal and snack, flossing at least once a day, and eating a healthy and well balanced diet are all necessary if you wish to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. During your regular visits we can discuss these things and provide individualized suggestions to help ensure you are taking all the steps necessary to protect the health and beauty of your smile for a lifetime.