Checkups are vital for maintaining good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that most adults receive a checkup twice a year. Without regular checkups, which provide early detection, issues such as tooth decay and gum disease may escalate to more serious complications such as tooth abscess, tooth mobility, and even tooth loss.

During your checkup, your teeth will be thoroughly inspected for structural damage including cracks and chips, and your gum tissue will be inspected for signs of gum disease. Following your checkup, Dr. Longwill will provide recommendations for proper treatments or methods of improving your oral health.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease results from the build-up of bacterial plaque and tartar below the gum line. This can cause irritation of the gum tissue, gum infection, bad breath, and may eventually lead to tooth loss.

There are factors that can increase one’s risk of acquiring gum disease including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco smoking and chewing
  • Drugs including steroid medications and cancer therapy medications
  • Crooked or impacted teeth
  • Defective fillings
  • Diabetes

Maintaining regular checkups is vital to combating gum disease as early detection is the best means of maintaining good oral health.  If gum disease goes untreated for an extended period of time, it can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes pockets to form in the gum tissue, leading to loose teeth, infection, and possible loss of teeth.