Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Specialist
Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential to dental health. Dr. Freeman helps patients from in and around Atlanta, Georgia with regular checkups and dental cleanings at the comfortable and modern Atlanta Dentistry by Design.

Dental Hygiene

by Paul Freeman, DDS

What happens during routine dental checkups?

Routine dental checkups are vital to good oral hygiene and are the best way to diagnose and treat issues at their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment save unnecessary discomfort, time, and money.

While the Academy of General Dentistry recommends checkups twice a year, depending on your specific dental needs, Dr. Freeman may recommend a checkup schedule that is more or less frequent than twice a year. Your dental checkup includes:

  • A visual exam: Dr. Freeman will use an intraoral camera to view all surface areas inside your mouth. You will be able to watch the real-time, tooth-by-tooth video exam on your chairside monitor. Dr. Freeman is not only looking for cracked and decayed teeth, but also for any abnormalities in the soft tissue surrounding your teeth. He will also examine your lymph nodes, jaw, and neck for pain, tenderness, and flexibility.
  • X-Rays: Digital x-rays identify problems on the interior of the tooth that cannot be found during a visual exam.
  • Gingival Pocket Exam: Healthy teeth require healthy gums. A gingival pocket exam determines the presence or risk of gum disease. Dr. Freeman checks for general health, signs of decay or gum disease, and pocket depth.
  • Professional cleaning: Your teeth are cleaned and polished using special instruments to remove plaque from above and below the gum line. Polishing also smoothes tooth surfaces, so plaque is less likely to accumulate.

Why is good oral hygiene important?

Good oral hygiene means that you will have less plaque buildup, resulting in reduced risk of gum disease as well as quicker and easier dental checkups. Oral hygiene is also important to overall health. You will feel more confident about your smile and have fresher breath.

What is Dr. Freeman’s advice for taking care of my teeth and gums?

The key to good oral health is keeping plaque and food decay from building up in your mouth. Plaque and food decay attract harmful bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and persistent bad breath. To keep your teeth and gums, healthy brush your teeth and tongue twice a day, floss at least once daily, and make regular visits to the dentist for checkups and professional cleaning.

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