Preventative Dental Care: Dental Checkups and Cleanings
In recent years, a growing amount of research has found links between oral disease and a number of chronic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Based on these findings, researchers no longer believe that tooth decay and gum disease only possess a threat to the health of an individual’s teeth and gums, but to his or her overall health, as well.
While brushing and flossing daily rank as the two most important oral hygiene habits you can practice, scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Dugger and our experienced staff of dental hygienists at Dugger Dentistry, your dentist in West Linn, also plays a vital role in protecting your long-term oral health. Exams provide Dr. Dugger the opportunity to spot the early signs of decay and gum disease while still easily treatable. Cleanings allow our dental hygienists to remove built-up deposits of plaque, called tartar, from the surface of your teeth where the substance can contribute to the development of decay and gum disease.
Digital x-rays allow Dr. Dugger to gain a detailed understanding of each patient’s oral care requirements with much less radiation than typical x-rays. This allows him to create a custom treatment plan that addresses the individual needs of every patient. You can feel assured that at Dugger Dentistry, we understand that every patient has his or her own unique dental needs, and that we will take the time and make the effort to ensure that you receive the individual care you deserve.
You can no longer afford to take your oral health for granted. The long-term consequences make practicing quality oral hygiene a necessary and vital part of protecting your overall health. Make sure your dentist appreciates the connection between the mouth and body, and schedule a checkup at Dugger Dentistry today.