Dental decay and the cavities that result from it are the most common threat to the long term health of your teeth, so taking action to prevent them and to limit their effects is a valuable strategy that works in your favor. Our Bellevue Family Practice Dentistry is your partner in this regard, so turn to us for the guidance, advice, and direct care that will serve you well both now and in the future in the battle against dental decay.
When you come in for your twice-yearly visit for a complete oral examination, our Bellevue dentist performs a visual inspection and physical checkup of your teeth, supplemented by periodic x-rays. Among other reasons, this is to detect the presence of any cavities that have formed since the last time you had x-rays taken. It’s vital that cavities are found while still small. At that stage, they don’t present much risk for a toothache or an infection, but there is always some possibility, so why take chances that are unnecessary? The other part of your session is based on preventive care. Tartar buildup must be removed, since it cannot be done with home oral hygiene. And by doing so with our teeth cleaning, you are less likely to form new cavities later on. Between those six month trips to our Bellevue dentist, you should stick to a nutritious diet, limit your consumption of sugars and starches, and brush and floss daily. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after meals, as well as upon waking up and again before bed. And if you do notice a toothache, then be sure not to wait. The sooner you get our expert attention for it, the better the chances for a good outcome.
Our Bellevue dentist is concerned about the consequences of dental decay. You should be, too. So reach out to our office and schedule an oral exam and teeth cleaning right now.