The easiest way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay is to schedule an oral exam with our Holland dentist at Macatawa Smiles every six months.
During an oral examination, a dental hygienist will take X-rays and remove plaque and tartar from your smile. After the teeth cleaning, our dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, misaligned teeth, and other oral health issues.
Oral examinations are important because they help your dentist catch small issues before they grow into larger problems. For example, gingivitis (early gum disease) can be reversed by adopting a healthy oral hygiene routine and seeing your dentist for professional teeth cleanings every six months.
X-rays taken during oral exams can reveal cavities hiding along the gum line or between teeth. Scheduling a dental exam is in your best interest because it gives your dentist the opportunity to save teeth from cavities. While small cavities are treated with fillings, large cavities may require dental crowns. Not only are dental crowns more expensive than fillings, but the dental procedure is more invasive.
Protect Your Smile
Our Holland, MI, family dentist is dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are interested in scheduling a dental hygiene oral exam, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.