The cornerstone of Dr. Allen's practice is preventative care, and this is why she recommends cleanings and examinations every six months for her patients. These visits are important for achieving and maintaining optimum oral health.
Here is what you can expect when you visit Omaha dentist Dr. Amber Allen for your routine cleaning and checkup.
What Happens during My Routine Visit?
You will have a thorough examination with Dr. Allen at every preventative visit that will allow her to detect any concerns early on such as gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities. Diagnosing these conditions in their earliest stages will give you the opportunity for utilizing less invasive and costly treatment procedures. This is also an excellent time to talk with Dr. Allen about any concerns or goals you have for your smile.
You will also have a professional cleaning designed to remove the excess plaque buildup that contributes to issues like gum disease and cavities. We'll take the time to show you proper brushing and flossing techniques and educate you about your oral health so you can improve your home care routine.
The Importance of Periodontal Health
Periodontal (gum) disease is a prevalent condition, affecting more than half of all American adults in some form. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of thirty.
The problem with gum disease is that it can be tricky to diagnose on your own because there is often not much pain or many symptoms associated with the disease at first, and this is why your six-month examinations are so important.
Periodontal health has been linked with other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. We now understand that the bacteria that cause gum disease can travel through the bloodstream, contributing to these other health concerns, and vice versa. Monitoring your periodontal health also means taking care of your overall well being.
The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
If you notice that your gums appear red, swollen, or irritated or that they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may be suffering from gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. Chronic bad breath that you can't get rid of is another telltale sign of gingivitis.
There is good news, however, and that is that gingivitis can typically be successfully managed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Many patients are even able to reverse their condition in this stage.
Periodontitis is the later stage of gum disease. This condition requires a deeper cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar buildup causing your infection.
Dr. Allen and her team are well equipped to help you manage any stage of gum disease you may be facing, so don't hesitate to call us.