Spring Clean Your Teeth With a Comprehensive Dental Checkup

One of the most important elements of maintaining good oral health is having regular comprehensive dental checkups. You need healthy teeth for more than a beautiful smile.

At Madison Square Dentistry in the Flatiron District of New York City, Dr. Lawrence Wang provides state-of-the-art dental checkups. He examines your mouth for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, and dental cleanings remove stubborn plaque and bacteria, keeping your breath fresh and your mouth healthy.

What is a comprehensive dental checkup?

A comprehensive dental checkup is a critical step in preventing tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health problems. During this kind of checkup, all aspects of your oral care are examined, creating a strong foundation for a healthy mouth.

X-rays

Dr. Wang performs a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay. He uses clinical tools and X-rays to check for:

Soft tissue exam

Dr. Wang inspects your gums for signs of gum disease — which is indicated by painful, red, puffy gum tissue — and other oral health problems. He also checks your lips and tongue for signs of illness. Any kind of cuts, lesions, growths, or spots may indicate a health problem that needs further treatment. For example, systemic diseases such as lupus, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis have symptoms that first show up in the mouth.

After checking for soft tissue health, Dr. Wang provides guidance on mouth care to keep your oral health in tip-top shape, which benefits your overall health, too.

Head and neck check

Dr. Wang also checks your jaw, head, and neck, including where your lymph nodes and salivary glands are located. Tenderness or swelling in these are signs of disease or infection. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign that your body is fighting off an infection. If your salivary glands are swollen, it could be an indication of inflammation, and Dr. Wang can advise you on your next steps.

A comprehensive dental checkup also includes cleaning and polishing as well as instructions for prevention and recommendations for additional treatment if needed.

Why do I need regular dental checkups?

Dr. Wang recommends that you come in twice a year for a regular dental cleaning. However, if it’s been a while since you’ve had an in-depth checkup, or if you’re a new patient, it’s time to make an appointment for a comprehensive exam. These checkups offer many benefits for your oral and overall health:

Avoid bad breath

Chronic bad breath is linked to poor oral hygiene. Yes, certain foods cause bad breath, but more serious issues could be behind the problem. A mouth infection going unnoticed can lead to tooth decay, painful mouth sores, and mouth odor. It’s also possible that chronic bad breath is the result of a nose or throat infection. Dr. Wang can address this issue in a comprehensive dental checkup.

Prevent gum disease

Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria from plaque buildup. Sometimes this bacteria gets stuck in between your teeth, even when you use proper flossing and brushing techniques. When this bacteria remains after brushing, gum tissue becomes inflamed and infected. This bacteria buildup then leads to gum disease.

Save money

With frequent cleanings and appropriately-timed comprehensive dental checkups, you save money over the long run. Preventing minor oral health problems from becoming serious issues is the most cost-effective way to manage your dental care.

Ready for your checkup?

Dr. Wang and his team at Madison Square Dentistry are dental care experts and teeth cleaning specialists. Regular checkups and thorough examinations keep you happy, healthy, and smiling. Make an appointment today by calling 212-213-4029 or by using our convenient online scheduling tool. We look forward to seeing you.

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