If you think brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will keep the dentist away, think again. While good dental hygiene does begin at home, making sure you get regular dental exams in West Bend, Wisconsin, at Albrecht Dentistry is just as important as brushing and flossing.
Dr. James Albrecht uses the most advanced dental tools to detect teeth and gum problems in their earliest stages. Just because you don’t feel tooth pain or sensitivity doesn’t mean your teeth and gums are completely healthy.
During a dental exam, Dr. Albrecht will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis (an early form of gum disease). Dental imaging techniques can easily detect minor tooth pitting that often leads to cavities. By taking preventative action to stop the progression of tooth pitting, Dr. Albrecht significantly reduces your risk of needing extensive dental work in the future.
Six-month dental exams can also include fluoride treatments if they are recommended. Fluoride stimulates remineralization of your teeth and protects tooth enamel from demineralization caused by the accumulation of bacteria on teeth. Brushing and flossing can’t remove all plaque and tartar between exams. Fluoride stops teeth demineralization (the depletion of minerals necessary for healthy tooth enamel) by removing stubborn plaque or tartar that sticks to teeth at the gum line.
To ensure teeth and gum issues are fully exposed and treated, Dr. Albrecht may take digital x-rays of your teeth, gums and jawbone area. Early cavities emerging between teeth are not always detected during a visual examination. Digital x-rays provide dentists with detailed images of hidden oral spaces so they can initiate appropriate preventative treatments.
Another reason regular dental exams should always be part of your dental hygiene strategy is the proven link between oral disease and cardiovascular disease. Oral bacteria responsible for gum disease can cause widespread inflammation that leads to a buildup of proteins in the bloodstream known to promote heart disease.
To receive the best regular dental exams, West Bend, Wisconsin residents know they can depend on Dr. James Albrecht at Albrecht Dentistry to keep their teeth and gums healthy between visits. Call our office today at (262) 357-6622 to schedule an appointment.