Your oral health has an intimate connection with your overall health. Conditions such as gum disease, oral cancer, and even tooth decay can have consequences for the rest of your body, which is why it is so important to visit your dentist in Newtown regularly for checkups. During these checkups, your dentist or hygienist will look at all of the following aspects of your oral health to make sure your smile is in good shape.
Your Teeth and Restorations
Your teeth are one of the most noticeable parts of your mouth, but it might not always be easy for you to notice when something is wrong with one of them. Your dentist will carefully examine your pearly whites and take some X-rays to look for such things as decay and excessive wear and tear.
They’ll also take a look at any restorations you have. If it seems that a crown or filling is damaged or loose, you may need to get it replaced before it falls out altogether and leaves your tooth vulnerable to infection and further decay.
Your gums are more than just the tissue that holds your teeth in place; they’re a gateway to the rest of your body. Keeping them free of disease can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Your gums should be pink, firm, and flush with your teeth. If they are swollen, red, receding, or have pockets in them, you may need to undergo gum disease treatment.
Pleasant or neutral breath is great for your social life, and it’s also a strong indicator of a healthy mouth. If your breath has a persistent bad odor to it, you may need to make sure adjustments to your oral hygiene routine so you can clean out the bacteria and food particles that may be causing the stink.
Sometimes, though, bad breath has nothing to do with your daily habits. It may be related to certain medications or medical conditions, such as diabetes, sinus issues, or gum disease.
Your Tooth and Jaw Alignment
Straight teeth help to keep your mouth healthy because they’re much easier to keep clean than crooked teeth. They’re also less vulnerable to accidental damage, and they help you to have a comfortable and natural bite. A well-aligned jaw can prevent such problems as bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorder. If your teeth and jaw aren’t in their proper places, you may need orthodontic treatment to correct the issue.
Your Oral Tissues
The tissues in and around your mouth, such as the lips, tongue, cheeks, and more all work together to help you have a healthy smile. Your dentist will check for sores, swelling, and other indications that your oral tissues may be suffering. They’ll also thoroughly check for signs of oral cancer.
A healthy mouth is a vital part of a healthy body. If you would like a professional to check on your smile’s well-being, please schedule a routine exam with your dentist in Newtown.
About Dentists of Newtown
We have seven general dentists in our practice, all of whom are qualified to perform thorough oral health checkups. They work alongside a team of specialists to ensure that every patient who comes to us receives the best care possible. If it is time for your next dental exam, please contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment.