The Importance of Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Perhaps your dental hygiene routine is top-notch: you brush twice daily and floss once per day, and you even rinse with mouthwash. But even if you have impeccable hygiene at home, it is of the utmost importance that you also see your dentist every six months for dental hygiene visits. Dr. Richard Kobak and his team at Syosset Dental provide thorough teeth cleanings and dental checkups.

Why Are Dental Checkups Important?

When you come to Syosset Dental for a checkup, Dr. Kobak or his hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing cannot. They will also go over your daily hygiene routine, to be sure that it is on-point, and examine your teeth and soft tissue for signs of oral health issues.

Dental health issues that Dr. Kobak or his hygienist will look for include:

  • Decay: Spotting cavities before they become serious could prevent a root canal, tooth loss, or tooth extraction.
  • Gum disease: It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. When this condition is spotted in its early stages, it is highly treatable. But when left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss or more serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Oral cancer: The soft tissue examination includes searching for signs of oral cancer. This condition, like gum disease, can be highly treatable when caught early. However, oral cancer kills about one person every hour, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

When you visit your dentist every six months, it can prevent severe health issues in the future and save you the time, money, and potential discomfort of more extensive dental work. And don’t forget one of the perks of dental cleanings: a sparkling, beautiful smile!

Dr. Kobak values the comfort and health of every patient. For your appointment, call our Syosset, NY, dental practice today at 516-433-2211.