Want to live longer? Get your teeth checked. You know good oral care consists of regular brushing, flossing and overall maintenance of your mouth. However, what most people don’t know is good oral care can actually help you live longer. It can prevent illness and disease and can literally save your life! Aside from the cosmetic/aesthetic side of things, and aside from the function side of things, it's equally (if not more so) important to take care of your teeth - from a health side of things! Studies indicate gum disease contributes to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, lung infections, diabetes and an overall weakened immune system. You see, your mouth is an access point for harmful bacteria to enter your blood stream and contribute to disease and illness. When your mouth isn’t healthy (inflamed gums, bleeding when you brush, aches and pains in your mouth), your gums pull away from your teeth and bone, creating pockets which are the perfect breading ground for bacteria. The importance of dental exams and cleanings When you visit Dentalways the focus is on eliminating as much bacteria as possible. Dr. Khullar and his team target problems and, with advancements in the field of oral health care and, subsequently, the equipment used, bacteria is effectively and thoroughly abolished. Additionally, a general cleaning guarantees tarter, plaque and other toxins are removed, leaving you with a fresh, clean and healthy mouth. When you visit Dr. Khullar for a dental exam, you can expect an x-ray during your initial visit. Then, at your regular check-ups, together your dentist and hygienist will offer: Examination of diagnostic: x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc. Professional Dental Cleaning Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are typically performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following: Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.Prevention is key - don't delay Prevention is the key and that’s Dr. Khullar and his team's number one priority when it comes to caring for your mouth. If you implement good home care (regular brushing and flossing) and ensure you keep regular exam and cleaning appointments, your oral and overall health will stay optimal.