Many people skip routine dental care for various reasons, whether it’s busy schedules, fear of the dentist, embarrassment over their smile, or finances. Others just assume that brushing and flossing at home is enough to prevent problems. Either way, many people visit the dentist only when something’s wrong. Going to the dentist only when you have a problem, however, may be too late, as many dental issues start out small and are overlooked until they have begun to damage your teeth or gums. Many problems that can cause you to lose your teeth or otherwise damage your oral health can be easily identified or prevented altogether with regular dental cleanings and dental exams Lancaster, CA area.
Why Cleanings and Exams Are Important
One of the greatest services you can do for the health of your smile is to make sure you see Dr. Boyle every six months for your dental exam and cleaning. These exams and cleanings not only make sure that your mouth is healthy and your smile bright, but they also make sure that problems are identified early and taken care of quickly. Early identification is key to effectively treating many of the most harmful dental problems you may face. Gum disease can easily go unnoticed without regular exams from Dr. Boyle. Cavities can go unnoticed and cause problems like infection and even tooth loss.
One of the most dangerous problems we can prevent and treat is oral cancer. In general, catching signs of cancer early is your best shot at successfully beating the disease, and oral cancer is no different. A common practice at your visits with Dr. Boyle will be a cancer screening. This is to ensure that you are as safe and healthy as you can be.
What Happens During Your Cleaning and Exam
For new patients, there are a few things that need to be taken care of before your exam and cleaning. First, you will need to fill out your new patient forms. We know that sitting in the office to complete these is not exactly your idea of a good time, so we have made them available online. Just print them out and bring them with you when you come for your initial appointment. Avoid the hassle of filling them out here.
After your forms are filled out, you will be taken to one of our exam rooms. That is where you will have your teeth cleaned and examined. The first part is done by one of our highly trained dental hygienists. They will clean your teeth and examine your mouth for problems. Any area of concern will be noted and given to Dr. Boyle. After the cleaning and initial exam are completed, you will have dental X-rays taken. These digital images will give us a baseline for where your dental situation stands and where it may be heading. Dr. Boyle will give you a thorough exam, taking care of any areas of note from the hygienist, and will perform your cancer screening. The last part of your visit will be scheduling your next appointment with Dr. Boyle. This should be roughly six months later.
Keep Your Smile Safe, Healthy, and Clean
Taking the time and making the commitment to attend regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings is the best thing you can do for the health and safety of your smile. Call Tab A. Boyle, DDS today at 661-524-8457 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment online if you prefer.