Finding the time to take care of everything you need to do to keep your house running can be difficult. Raising kids, going to work, and trying to find a few moments to do something for yourself can seem like an impossible amount of stuff to get done. When you add in all of the extra things that seem to pop up during the day, something has to give, right? Here is one thing that you should never skip, though: your dental health. We all know just how important it is to brush and floss everyday but do you know how important regular dental checkups and x-rays are?

In this blog, we will cover what makes dental exams so essential to your dental health and why your dental health is an important marker of your overall health. If you need to schedule an appointment for yourself or your kids, give Dr. Nahel Yanni’s dental office a call. Our East Brunswick office is conveniently located and staffed with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly hygienists that you’ll ever meet, and Dr. Yanni has extensive training in everything from checkups to the newest cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Dental X-Rays

We recommend having x-rays taken once per year. If you are undergoing treatment that requires a more watchful eye, we might recommend them more frequently. These x-rays are important for several reasons.

First, if you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time, dental x-rays will show Dr. Yanni and his staff exactly what is going on in your mouth. You may have cavities or bone loss due to aging or less-than-ideal dental care and we need to know that so we can begin treating your problems before they get worse.

Second, these x-rays allow us to keep an eye on anything that may cause problems later on. Your teeth and jaw are quite hardy and are sometimes able to correct problems on their own when they have the aid of proper dental care.

Third, by taking x-rays, we have proof of your treatment needs so that you can file insurance claims to have some (or all) of your dental procedures covered. This is very helpful if you just recently got dental insurance and you know that you will need a decent amount of work in the near future.

Dental Exams

While x-rays are incredible pictures that show us what is going on in the parts of your teeth that we can’t see with the naked eye, an equally important part of your visit is the dental exam. During the exam, we will carefully go over your teeth with specialized instruments to check for any issues that we might see, including bite problems, decay, gum issues, and more.

During the exam, the hygienist and the dentist will ask you about your dental care habits as well as talk to you about some areas of your brushing and flossing regimen that might need improvement. They’ll also ask you if you have any questions about your teeth or if you have experienced any problems that you’d like to have them examine.

An important part of each exam is an oral cancer screening. The screening only takes a few moments but can help catch a type of cancer that impacts approximately 49,000 people per year, according to the CDC. When caught early, oral cancer has a very high survival rate.

Teeth Cleaning

One of the best parts of your dental exam is the teeth cleaning. Using a gentle abrasive paste and a special polisher, the hygienist will clean your teeth. Not only do these cleanings remove hard calculus build-up, they also make your teeth feel great and look spectacular!

Don’t put your dental health at risk just because you’re busy. Investing in two visits to the dentist per year can have huge benefits for your health. Cavities in your mouth can lead to problems like infections which harms your overall health. Dental problems that are left untreated also become more costly and painful the longer they are left alone.

Call us at our East Brunswick dentist’s office today to schedule an appointment to have your teeth taken care of. We offer the latest advances in dental technology, including sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and many types of cosmetic dentistry.