Hillsville General Dentist
How do you avoid getting cavities and gum disease? Well, there are a few factors that make for a total strategy, but an important one is getting your twice yearly dental exam and cleaning from our Hillsville general dentist, Dr. Marion A. Goad. Of course, you have to do your part by eating a healthful diet, avoiding excessive sugary snacks and beverages, and making sure you do a thorough brushing and flossing every day but a dental exam and cleaning is essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
A dental exam with our Hillsville general dentist starts with a physical and visual inspection of your teeth. X-rays are taken to get a close-up look at what’s going on inside your teeth and to detect any cavities. It’s quite possible to have a cavity, particularly a small one, and not have any symptoms to indicate it. Dental x-rays allow a cavity to be treated and filled before tooth decay erodes even more of your precious tooth enamel and causes a much larger cavity. Large cavities are linked to a greater chance for a root canal infection or possibly losing your tooth to an extraction.
The unsung star of the team when it comes to your dental exam is getting a professional cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis. Even the best brusher and flosser is likely to miss some plaque or food particles that can hide between teeth or at the gum line. And plaque that remains on your teeth can harden and turn into tartar, which cannot be removed any other way except with a dental cleaning. By removing all of the foreign particles that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, our Hillsville general dentist lets you walk out with a clean slate, literally and figuratively.
Your teeth are way too important to just trust their well-being to chance. Coming in every six months for a dental exam and cleaning gives you the best chance of maintaining your teeth for a long time, hopefully for life. While you’re thinking of it, why not call us right now and schedule your appointment with our Hillsville general dentist?