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Preventive Dentistry: Stop Problems Before They Even Start

When it comes to dental care, your dentist in Arlington, Dr. Hazim Sadeddin, always favors prevention over treatment. He’d much rather save you from having any dental issues in the first place rather than simply fixing them afterward. He can advise you on the best ways to take care of your teeth at home, and recommends that you come in for a routine checkup and cleaning at least twice a year.

Dental Cleanings: Go Beyond Brushing

A dental cleaning is one of the most basic tools in dentistry today, and has been used for generations because it continues to be extremely effective. For this, one of our skilled hygienists will clean your teeth using specialized tools and a fluoride toothpaste.

Why do you need a dental cleaning? It’s because your teeth are actually very complicated structures with many hard to reach surfaces. Brushing and flossing do an excellent job of cleaning them, but there are still many areas that are simply too hard or too small to reach. This is particularly true when talking about the back teeth, which are often the first place people get cavities. A professional dental cleaning is able to reach these trouble spots and protect you from tooth decay until your next visit. It helps fill in the gaps your home routine leaves.

Dental Checkups: Make Your Teeth Healthy, and Keep Them That Way

After your cleaning, Dr. Sadeddin will perform a standard oral exam. He’ll check your teeth for any signs of decay, as well as your gums for indications of infection. These are the two most common problems people usually have, and they can be easy to miss during their initial stages. Dr. Sadeddin will be able to catch them early, which means he can treat them sooner and stop them before they can really affect your health.

He’ll also look for other things as well. He’ll check for signs of unconscious teeth-grinding (also known as “bruxism”), TMJ disorder (a condition that affects the joints of your jaw), and oral cancer. When it comes to oral cancer, the best approach to treatment is early detection, and it significantly increases the survival rate the sooner it is caught.

Based on the results of your exam, Dr. Sadeddin will formulate a treatment plan specifically suited to your needs. It may involve you simply being more diligent about cleaning your teeth at home, or could include additional treatments to help restore your mouth’s full function. In any case, following his advice will ensure your long term health so that you can have a carefree smile for years to come.

How Often Should I Get Cleanings and Checkups?

Dr. Sadeddin, along with the American Dental Association, recommends that you have a professional dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year. Tooth decay and gum disease usually take several months to develop into a serious problem, so by only coming in twice a year, you’ll be doing more than enough to make sure they’ll never affect your smile.

When Was Your Last Appointment?

If you can’t remember, then it’s time for one! Preventive visits with your Arlington dentist are usually quick, easy, and are one of the best tools to help your smile stay healthy and look its best. If it has been 6 months or longer since your last checkup, be sure to give us a call today to make an appointment

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