Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Please click here for Japanese. Schedule a virtual visit.

The Importance of Dental Exams

The Importance of Dental Exams

Did you know that half of all American adults over age 30 have periodontal disease? It’s true, and this common oral disease causes inflammation and tooth decay. If it’s left untreated, it can even lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is a big problem, but the good news is that you can lower your risk of it — and other oral health issues — with regular dental exams. Routine exams at least two times a year are a simple way to keep your teeth cleaner and your mouth healthier.

At Morita Dental, Kohei Morita, DDS, and our team specialize in dental exams for the whole family. We’re proud to provide comprehensive care for adults and children, so you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Regular dental exams keep teeth clean

Dental exams are also called dental cleanings, because your teeth are thoroughly cleaned at each appointment. It’s important to brush and floss your teeth every day, but it’s impossible to eliminate all the harmful buildup with at-home care alone.

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria on your teeth, and it hardens into tartar. Both plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease, but professional dental cleanings remove this harmful bacteria effectively.

Dr. Morita and our team use special dental tools to carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. We may recommend additional preventive treatments, such as fluoride treatments or sealants for long-lasting protection. As part of your exam, we may order X-rays or other tests to further evaluate your oral health.

Regular dental exams identify oral health concerns early

Getting regular dental exams is a proactive way to care for your oral health. Many common dental problems like damage, decay, and periodontal disease are most treatable when they’re identified early, and our team is trained to identify these issues.

Damage and decay won’t go away on their own, but prompt treatment can stop these issues from spreading. Proactive care can reduce your risk of suffering continued decay, tooth sensitivity, pain, and infection.

Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, or mild gum inflammation. Treating the condition when it first appears can stop and — even reverse — the damage. On the other hand, advanced periodontal disease may cause irreversible damage or require more advanced treatments to improve your oral health.

Regular dental exams monitor existing oral health issues

When you come to Morita Dental for your ongoing dental care, we maintain detailed records, so we can monitor your oral health between appointments.

For example, not all cavities need treatment right away. If you have small cavities, we monitor them over time. We might eventually recommend fillings if they continue getting larger. 

Depending on your oral health, we offer a variety of dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dental implants. We partner with you to ensure you’re enjoying your best oral health and your most beautiful smile.

You should continue getting regular exams throughout your life, no matter your age. Even if you wear dentures, your dental exams give the dentist the opportunity to examine your gums and jaw. He also looks at your dentures and how they fit to make sure they’re still working well for you.

If you don’t have your next dental exam on your calendar, now’s the time to get it scheduled. Call Morita Dental at 408-775-7770, or request an appointment online now.

You Might Also Enjoy...

When Are Veneers My Best Option?

Do you love your smile? Or is there something about it you wish you could change? Dental veneers could be a good solution for you — whether you’re hoping to treat stains, misalignments, or small chips and cracks. Learn here what veneers can fix.

The Many Benefits of Dental Implants

Your teeth work together each time you chew and speak. Missing teeth can hurt your oral health — not to mention the effect that gap can have on your confidence. Now’s the time to learn the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

When Your Tooth Needs a Crown

Almost everyone suffers tooth pain at some point. A common cause of pain is tooth damage and decay — and a dental crown could be the solution you need. Learn how crowns restore strength and protect your teeth to stop oral pain.

How Does Pediatric Dentistry Work for My Child?

Children grow fast, and their health care needs are unique. Establishing dental care early helps them learn healthy habits for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Learn more about pediatric dentistry, what it includes, and how it can benefit your child.

5 Ways Implants Support Your Oral Health

Do you have a missing tooth (or several)? Your oral health could be suffering. It’s time to learn more about dental implants. These popular artificial teeth look natural — and they boost your oral health in a handful of ways.

How Fillings Can Help Damaged, Cracked Teeth

Fillings are routine dental treatment for cavities, but did you know fillings treat damaged, cracked teeth, too? If you have a damaged, painful tooth, it’s time to find out how a dental filling could restore strength and protect your tooth.