When you see us for an exam and cleaning, you have a chance to protect the health and function of your smile. People of all ages benefit from these visits every six months. In today’s blog, your Irving, TX, dentist talks about the importance of regular checkup and cleaning visits for the entire family.
When You and Your Family Need an Appointment
We agree with the American Dental Association (ADA) regarding checkups and cleanings. Kids two and older need them every six months, and the same goes for teens, adults, and seniors. However, if you have gum disease or a higher risk of periodontal issues, then you may need one every three to four months. These appointments help us identify probes in the early stages, often before you develop symptoms or put your teeth at risk.
During the dental checkup, our team will use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to take detailed images of your teeth from multiple angles, as well as roots, gums, and oral structures. These images are available instantly chairside and use a fraction of the radiation as traditional x-rays. We can then make diagnosis with better precision, addressing concerns quickly and in the early stages. For smiles of all ages, we watch for cavities, infections, and gingivitis. For adults, we conduct oral cancer screening and watch for periodontal disease. For kids, we make sure baby teeth erupt and fall out on schedule, and that permanent teeth have a clear path to eruption, limiting the risk of misalignment.
Cleaning Your Teeth
Our team will also clean the teeth in the same visit. A dental cleaning involves removing all plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick. Doing so helps not only fight bad breath and teeth stains, but limit the risk of cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. The process only takes a few minutes, and you leave with a brighter and healthier smile. For kids, we could also discuss fluoride treatment and dental sealants to fight the onset of tooth decay and keep smiles healthy. Our team will also discuss proper home care to improve your oral hygiene habits.
If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more. We look forward to helping you enjoy optimal oral health, and safeguard the smiles of your loved ones too.
Talk To Your Irving, TX Dentist About Preventive Dentistry
We’re ready to help you avoid common oral health concerns with preventive exams. To find out more about how we protect the health and beauty of your smile with six-month appointments, then please reach out to Defining Smiles in Irving, TX today at 972-717-0860.