The Importance of Dental Exams

We’re going to kick off this discussion about the importance of dental exams with some fairly sobering statistics — 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. 

The primary culprits when it comes to tooth loss are gum disease and tooth decay, which are two preventable and treatable conditions that we can find during your dental exam.

Preventive dentistry is at the forefront of what we do here at Hillsdale Dental Care. To preserve your dental health, and your smile, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, Dr. Rogé Jacob, and the rest of our team feel that your regular dental exam with us plays an invaluable role.

Here’s a look at a few of the many reasons why regular dental exams are so important.

Preserving your teeth

We started off by revealing some concerning statistics surrounding tooth loss. Our goal isn’t to unnecessarily scare you, but to underscore the importance of prevention when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half of adults aged 30 and older in the United States have gum disease, also called periodontitis. Gum disease is progressive and typically starts out as mild gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. 

Through your regular dental exam and cleaning, we can stay one step ahead of periodontitis (and even reverse it) by clearing away harmful bacteria.

When it comes to tooth decay, the CDC reports that more than 13% of kids between the ages of 5 and 19 have untreated dental caries, and this number jumps to more than 25% for people between the ages of 20 and 44.

During your regular dental exam with us, we perform both a visual exam and a more advanced screening for cavities using X-ray technology. If we spot a brewing problem, we can quickly step in and halt the decay.

Dental exams for kids

Our team provides experienced care for kids through pediatric dental exams, where we monitor their dental health from the first baby tooth to the last of their adult teeth. During these visits, we can accomplish several objectives, including:

Through these regular visits, we can track their dental health and intervene quickly to set them up for a lifetime of strong teeth and healthy gums.

Giving everyone something to smile about

On top of the many health benefits of regular dental exams, we also clean and polish your teeth, leaving you with a smile that dazzles. Even if you take great care of your teeth at home, stains can accumulate, and even the most vigilant care can’t keep up. With our advanced cleaning and polishing equipment, we remove stains and hit the reset button on your pearly whites.

If you want healthy teeth that go the distance, it’s time to schedule your dental exam today. To get started, simply contact our office in San Jose, California.

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