Some patients may feel as if regular checkups and dental cleanings aren’t important if they aren’t experiencing any problems. While it may be tempting to skip a checkup now and then, Dr. Sand Wall wants you to know about the benefits of regular preventive care. By taking the time to see your Erlanger, KY dentist every six months, you will not only prevent oral health problems or detect them in their infancy, but you can also prevent chronic pain, serious overall health conditions, and even death.
You may think a checkup is all about inspecting your mouth for cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but that’s only a fraction of what Dr. Sand Wall does. She also checks your jaw (TMJ) joints for signs of inflammation or misalignment that could indicate TMJ disorder, a condition marked by chronic headaches, jaw pain, and difficulty biting and chewing. Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, is another condition she can detect during a checkup, as it often makes itself known through worn or broken teeth. By discussing your oral and overall health condition with you, she can also surmise if you have sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that affects your overall health by interrupting the normal breathing patterns and sleep cycles your body needs for optimal health. What do TMJ disorder, bruxism, and sleep apnea have in common? They can all be treated effectively by your northern Kentucky general dentist with the use of a custom-made oral appliance. Preventive dentistry also encompasses protecting your mouth from damage, and Dr. Sand Wall can accomplish this by creating a sport mouthguard for you to wear during physical activity.
One of the most vital components of your six-month checkup is an oral cancer screening. Using a handheld oral cancer detection tool called VELscope, Dr. Sand Wall can spot abnormalities inside your mouth even before they turn into cancer, which increases your chances of surviving this deadly disease.
Professional dental cleanings leave your teeth feeling smooth, fresh, and clean. While that’s an excellent benefit, a cleaning has a greater purpose. Teeth cleanings by our excellent hygienist ensure that tartar, or mineralized plaque, is removed from your teeth, both above and below the gum line. This hard substance is formed when plaque is not completely cleaned from the teeth with daily brushing and flossing, and it can only be removed with special dental instruments. Tartar-free teeth are easier to clean, and therefore less likely to develop tooth decay or cause a separation between the gums and teeth, which leads to periodontal disease.
Preventive Dentistry Services in Northern Kentucky
Dr. Sand Wall’s comprehensive list of preventive dental care includes :
- Checkups and Cleanings
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Fluoride and Sealants
- TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
- Sleep Apnea
- Sport Mouthguards
To schedule an appointment for a checkup, cleaning, second opinion, or just to get to know Dr. Sand Wall and our team, call our Erlanger, KY dentist office today at 859-344-8500. We serve families from Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Ft. Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, Taylor Mill, and surrounding communities—and we can’t wait to see your smile!