We all know that visiting us only when you have a problem with your teeth is not enough to remain healthy. That’s why your preventive visits with our dental hygienists, Robin, are so important. But did you know that she is doing much more than cleaning your teeth during your visit? Here are things you probably don’t know is happening during your hygiene appointment:
Performing a Cancer Screening:
Oral cancer is a deadly disease that kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year. Robin performs an oral cancer screening that focuses on your head, neck, lymph nodes, palate, cheeks, and tongue for any concerning signs.
Examining Your Gums:
She will examine your gums and look for any signs of bleeding or swelling. This also includes probing your gum pockets. Swelling, bleeding, and large gum pockets are all signs of unhealthy gums and likely indicate gum disease.
Checking Your Tongue:
Your tongue is as important as your teeth. Robin will thoroughly examine your tongue and make any notes if there are any noticeable changes. It is important to know that your tongue is normal in size and texture since it’s a key component reflective of not only your oral health but also your overall health.
Examining Your Tonsils:
Aside from your tongue, your tonsils are also examined to look for any signs of possible infections.
Updating Your Medical History:
Your revised medical history enables us to obtain information necessary to provide safe and individualized care. Robin makes sure that your medical history forms are as accurate as possible to take care of your overall health, not just your teeth.
Blood Pressure Screening (when necessary):
If Robin takes your blood pressure when you sit in her chair, it’s so we can establish a baseline of your health, or point out any prehypertensive or hypertensive numbers to alert you to see your physician.
Temperature Reading, COVID-19:
COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives. Your regular visits to our office have changed, too. Robin or another member of our team will take your temperature to detect early possible signs of the coronavirus. To minimize the risk of infecting others, patients with a slight fever may be asked to reschedule.
Your dental health is connected to your overall health. It is important that you stay current with your recommended dental visits each year and not just when you experience a problem with your oral health. Make an appointment to visit us today by calling 440-354-0705 or visit us online.