Posts for tag: Dental Check-ups

By Omni Dental Group
August 03, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Dental VisitsDo you visit the dentist as often as you should? Making time in your schedule for regular checkups is the key to keeping your smile bright and healthy. Bowie, MD, dentists Dr. Siamak Aalemansour, Dr. Fariborz Baik, and Dr. Sherwin Esfandiari care for your family's smiles with checkups, cleanings and other services necessary for good oral health.

Visiting Every Six Months is Best

Scheduling dental checkups every six months offers several important benefits, including:

  • Early Diagnosis of Dental Problems: Ignoring small leaks in your house can lead to big bills in the future. The same thing happens if you don't visit the dentist for checkups regularly. During your visits, your Bowie dentist will look for signs of cavities, loose fillings, cracks in teeth and other issues that can affect your oral health. It's always easier and less expensive to take care of these dental issues when they're fairly minor.
  • Detection of Oral Cancer: During your examination, your dentist will look for lumps, lesions or other signs of oral cancer.
  • Removal of Plaque and Tartar: Plaque, the sticky biofilm that causes cavities, and tartar, the hard deposit that increases your risk of gum disease are removed during your regular teeth cleanings.
  • A Brighter Smile: Dental cleanings remove surface stains that can dull your teeth.

When You Should Forget About the Six-Month Rule

You may need to visit the dentist more often than every six months in these cases:

  • You have heavy plaque and tartar buildup: If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth more quickly than normal, your dentist may recommend cleanings every three or four months instead of every six months.
  • Your tooth hurts: Don't wait until your next regular appointment if you have a toothache. Cavities are much easier to fill when they're small.
  • Your gums are sore and swollen: Red, bleeding and swollen gums can be a symptom of gum disease. Prompt treatment can ease your symptoms and prevent tooth loss, which can be a consequence of untreated gum disease.

Is it time for your next checkup? Call Bowie, MD, dentists Dr. Siamak Aalemansour, Dr. Fariborz Baik, and Dr. Sherwin Esfandiari at (301) 809-0029 to schedule an appointment.

Attending regular dental check-ups means a lot-- not just for your teeth, but the rest of your family's, too. After all, the more you push them back, the more your teeth build up plaque!

At Omni Dental Group, you'll find out how much those often-overlooked dental check-ups mean for not just your family's dental dental exams health, but also their overall health. On-site family dentist Siamak Aalemansour, DDS, explains a few of the systemic health conditions manifested through negligent dental care below:

Alzheimer's disease

Failing to double-check the health of your mouth can give way to gum inflammation-- which has a scary link with a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease, numerous recent studies have found.

Patients from one study were a monumental nine times more likely to show poor cognitive function than other patients when they had gum inflammation. Further studies have showed a very real link between poor dental hygiene and Alzheimer's, as researchers discovered a specific bacteria in patients with the progressive brain disorder that was not present in the brains of patients who were cognitively healthy. But the real surprise was that this same Alzheimer's-friendly bacteria is largely associated with chronic gum disease!

If you haven't been able to make it into your family dentist for an overdue check-up, make sure that you're remembering to brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes at a time and schedule that appointment pronto!

Pancreatic cancer

Research has uncovered a verifiable link between pancreatic cancer and periodontitis, which in itself is a troubling side effect of failing to maintain good oral hygiene habits and can lead to loss of surrounding bone density and strength.

Even if you're not at great risk for periodontitis yet, anyone with plaque build-up can then get gingivitis-- which, when left unchecked, is a very real precursor to periodontitis!

Heart disease

According to one dental expert, Dr. Steve Kerrigan, the mouth is probably the dirtiest place in the human body. Considering it's only about a foot above the heart, that doesn't always bode well for good cardiovascular health!

Sure enough, researchers have discovered that oral bacteria from patients with bleeding gums (often caused by poor dental care) can get into their bloodstream, attach to existing platelets, and perpetuate blood clots. When that occurs, it can potentially lead to an unsuspecting heart attack!

While these harrowing health conditions represent worst-case scenarios, they can easily be avoided when you bring your family in for a dental check-up every six months. Give Omni Dental Group a call and ask to speak with Dr. Aalemansour today at (301) 809-0029 for lasting dental relief right here in Bowie, MD!

Dentist Bowie, MD
Omni Dental Group
4321 Collington Road Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 809-0029