How often do you need a dental exam? When should you visit our team for a dental checkup? In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about why a checkup every six months is important for smiles of all ages, and how these can help protect the health, function, and beauty of the smile.
Serious oral health issues take months to form, so a checkup every six months gives our team a chance to take a close look at the smile and identify areas of concern early, often before you experience painful symptoms. We then provide treatment to protect the health, stability, and appearance of the smile. For example, we will look for signs of tooth decay, infection, and gingivitis. For adults, we also screen for oral cancer and watch for gum disease. Our team will also examine teeth for the signs of wear and friction that could point to TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). For kids, we will make sure primary teeth are erupting and falling out as they should, and that permanent teeth can erupt without complication, as this helps prevent poor alignment.
Advanced Imaging Systems
To make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision, our team will employ the latest technology. Digital x-rays use a fraction of the radiation that traditional systems employ, and the images are available instantly chairside, no waiting for them to develop in harsh chemicals. This reduces time the chair and allows us to diagnose and treat issues that are not visible to the naked eye. For a more detailed look at the surfaces of the teeth and gums, we can use digital intraoral technology.
The Dental Cleaning Process
In the same visit, our team will also clean the teeth thoroughly. A dental cleaning does what brushing and flossing alone cannot: completely remove all plaque and tartar buildup. We use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to do so, and this only takes a short time. We then polish the teeth for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. The cleaning is essential for fighting bad breath, teeth stains, and even cavities and gum disease. Kids and adults alike need to undergo these six months visits, and delaying them could put your smiles at risk.
If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning for you or a member of you family, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Preventive Dentistry
We would like to help our patients enjoy their best possible smile. For more information on protecting your overall oral health, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.