Did you know that a simple dental checkup every six months could help smiles of all ages stay strong and healthy? In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will explain what happens during these checkup visits, and what makes them so crucial for avoiding issues like tooth decay or even periodontal disease.
The checkup portion means that our team will use digital technology to take a close look at your smile. We will look at the surfaces of the teeth for signs of demineralization and decay, as well as infection or wear and friction that could indicate TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Our team will also examine the gums or signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease too. Digital x-rays will enable us to look at the roots and inner structures as well. From there, a personalized treatment can be created to address any concerns we may uncover. We recommend a visit like this every six months for kids two and older, and adults and seniors too.
During the visit, our team will also thoroughly clean the teeth. A dental cleaning means that we employ an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup from the smile. After doing so, our team will polish the teeth for a more attractive appearance and a smoother finish. The procedure may seem simple, but is key for avoiding tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and teeth stains. If you have signs of gum inflammation, such as redness, soreness, or bleeding, then we may discuss a deep cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing, to remove buildup from the teeth and roots too.
Oral Cancer Screenings
For adults, we screen for oral cancer once a year. A screening enables us to identify possible cancerous or precancerous areas, then refer you for a biopsy. The earlier the disease is caught, the more likely you are to enjoy a full recovery with treatment. Of the over 53,000 people diagnosed each year, half die within just five years, and a major factor is the fact that the disease is rarely caught in those early stages, making the screening all the more important. If you have any questions about how we address your oral health with a preventive treatment, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office About Preventive Dentistry
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX wants to help you maintain optimal oral health with routine exams and cleanings. To find out more about our approach to preventive dental care, contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.