Through regular visits to the dentist – at least 2 times a year – and through maintaining good oral hygiene, many of the teeth problems could be prevented or detected and treated in the early stages.
Periodic checks involve examining the oral cavity, checking the health of teeth, gums and soft tissues of the oral cavity (cheeks, tongue, buccal floor) in order to identify any lesions or dysfunctions and also proper inspection of the old fillings to find whether or not they have developed secondary cavities.
Cavities are the most common disorders of the dento-maxillary system, affecting people of all ages and in the early stages do not create discomfort for the patient. Cavities can be visible – they appear in the form of brown, gray or black dyes or they can develop in areas that are not accessible to the eye, making them difficult to be identified by the patient. These hidden cavities can evolve to the point where only the accentuated pain can announce their presence, meanwhile substantially affecting the tooth.
Types of dental caries – depending on the place affected
Secondary and recurrent cavities are considered to be hidden, precisely because they are difficult to be detected at least until they invade the enamel or lead to enamel coloration.
This is why a dental checkup usually includes a simple dental X-Ray. Dental X-Ray provides information on both the location of a possible existing or incipient cavity and their degree of depth.
Seeing your dentist on regular basis is mandatory for the detection and treatment of hidden cavities. Only when conditioned by obvious discomforts – pain, bleeding, abscesses – lead to aggravated dental problems and all the same to wider, more difficult and more expensive treatments.
See your dentist regularly! Say Yes to professional cleaning and periodic checks so that potential dental problems can be prevented or early identified.