Having healthy teeth and gums requires more than simply brushing and flossing every day, although that certainly plays an important role. But in order to enjoy a lifetime of oral health, you need to visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental exams and cleanings. Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a trained hygienist is the only way to ensure that all plaque and tartar buildup is removed. And if it’s not removed, you run the risk of not only tooth decay, but gum disease as well. Dr. Rivera strongly encourages all of his patients from throughout the Victoria, TX, area to call his office and schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.
Healthy gums are, in many ways, like the foundation of a house. If a house doesn’t have a strong foundation, it will eventually collapse. If you suffer from gum disease and don’t have it treated, you will end up losing your teeth. It’s that simple. Fortunately, periodontal disease is not only easy for Dr. Rivera to diagnose; it’s also completely treatable.
When plaque and tartar build up on teeth, bacteria forms inside your mouth. Eventually that bacteria will cause tooth decay and gum disease. But simply by having your teeth cleaned twice a year and maintaining a daily oral hygiene routine at home, you’re already a step ahead of gum disease.
Oral Cancer Screening
Another important part of your routine visit to Dr. Rivera is oral cancer screening. As frightening as it may sound, oral cancer is usually completely treatable if caught in the early stages. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult if not impossible to detect on your own. But thanks to modern oral cancer screening methods, Dr. Rivera and other dentists are now able to identify oral cancer in the very early, treatable stages.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Although the exact nature of your dental exam and cleaning visit will depend on the current state of your oral health, in most cases, Dr. Rivera and his hygienist will perform the following during the course of your appointment:
- Visual examination of your teeth, gums and existing dental work
- Oral cancer screening, when needed
- X-rays, when needed
- Measuring of the depth of gum pockets around your teeth
- Thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth
Contact our Victoria, TX, office today to schedule your next professional exam and cleaning appointment with Dr. Rivera.