When was the last time you stopped by our office for a dental exam? Along with the American Dental Association, we recommend a visit at least once every six months. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist is looking at our preventive checkup and cleaning visits, and how they benefit your smile.
When You Need to See Our Team
As the title says, we want to see patients of all ages once every six months. This is because serious oral health problems, such as cavities, infections, or periodontal troubles, take months to develop. Which means seeing us twice a year increases the chances of an early diagnosis and treatment before you develop painful symptoms or have a tooth compromised. At different stages of life, our smiles face unique risks, so these visits are beneficial for everyone ages two and older. You should also see us if you notice any signs of trouble, such as an aching or sensitive tooth, or sore, bleeding gums. Changes to your smile and persistent discomfort means you need treatment!
The Checkup Process
The dental exam involves our team taking a close look at your smile. In addition to a visual exam, we will employ advanced digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can obtain a detailed view of your teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures, and provide a diagnosis with accuracy and precision. Along with looking at signs of tooth decay and infection, we also watch for gingivitis and gum disease. For kids, we make sure baby teeth fall out on schedule and that permanent ones erupt properly. For adults, we screen for oral cancer and also watch for issues like TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, and bruxism (teeth grinding).
Cleaning Your Teeth
In the same visit, our team will also clean your teeth. The dental cleaning is much more thorough than brushing and flossing, and actually removes all layers of plaque and tartar from your teeth. Doing so helps lower the risk of cavities and periodontal issues, and also fights bad breath and teeth stains. We can also discuss better at home habits, and help you make better decisions for your oral health. If you have any questions about how we approach a checkup and cleaning, or if you would like to schedule one soon, then contact our team today to learn more.
Ready to Schedule a Dental Exam?
We would love to help you enjoy good oral health with preventive dentistry. If you have any questions about our preventive visits, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.