October 3, 2015
Dr. John Jeppson and his team of dental assistants and dental hygienists understand that your days are packed full. There’s work, the kids, grocery shopping, meals, laundry, yard work, housework… the list of things to do just never seems to end. A twice yearly oral checkup with the dentist in Modesto, CA, hardly seems like a necessity. Actually, those regular appointments aren’t just designed to help us help you enjoy your best oral health. They really can save you time—and money—in the long run. If we can prevent you from having a dental problem, then your regularly scheduled checkups are well worth your time.
As your preventive dentist, Dr. Jeppson is dedicated to the complete of your teeth and gums. Therefore, we agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association—we should see you and each member of your family at least every six months. With this regularity, we can keep close tabs on the condition of your oral health. In between these dental exams and cleanings, of course, it’s important for you to brush and floss your teeth at home.
In addition to cleaning and polishing your teeth at these visits, Dr. Jeppson and his staff will also take the necessary steps to ensure your oral health and your general health, as well. What do we mean by that? At each checkup, we’ll complete a thorough oral cancer screening. This includes palpating your jaw and neck area for any unusual formations and examining your entire oral cavity for any visible signs of oral cancer, such as a red or white patch or a sore that won’t heal. Oral cancer is highly treatable and curable disease when diagnosed early. Thus, those appointments every six months can literally be a life saver.
In addition, checkups can be a health saver. Our hygienists will assess the condition of your gums. Gum disease is more prevalent than most patients realize. In fact, estimates are that up to 80 percent of American adults have some degree of gum disease, either gingivitis—the early stage—or periodontitis, the latter stage. In either case, the bacteria that cause this infectious disease are linked to system ailments that can severely compromise your overall health. Among the conditions that have been associated with gum disease are stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and osteoporosis.
Fortunately, your Modesto dentist offers treatment to reverse and stop the progress of gum disease. If we find the early signs of gum disease—red, swollen or bleeding gums—or evidence of periodontitis (enlarged gum pockets, bad breath, or loose teeth) at one of your oral checkups, we will recommend the appropriate course of treatment to protect your oral and general health.
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If it’s time for you or any other member of your family to have an all-important oral checkup, then call the office of Dr. Jeppson, the dentist in Modesto, CA, who care about your smile and your health.
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