We want you to be able to start 2022 with a healthy smile, and that means scheduling a checkup and cleaning visit. When we see you, we can address any issues we discover and clean your teeth to lower cavity risks. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about how your entire family benefits from preventive checkups and cleanings.
The Importance of Your Checkup
The American Dental Association recommends a checkup for everyone ages two and older every six months and we agree! The checkup means that every few months we can take a close look at your smile, which allows our team to identify and treat issues in the early stages, before they compromise the stability of a smile. Our team uses a checkup to watch for tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, gum disease, and we even screen for oral cancer for adults. Our team also looks for warning signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism. For kids, we make sure teeth are falling out and erupting properly as well.
Cleaning Your Smile
In the same sitting, we will also clean your teeth. Brushing and flossing are important, but they don’t completely remove plaque and tartar buildup. A dental cleaning employs an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar in smiles of all ages. We then polish the teeth thoroughly for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. The cleaning fights bad breath and teeth stains, and also lowers the risk of cavities and even periodontal disease. For those with inflammation or warning signs of gum disease, we could also recommend a deep cleaning, which removes buildup from the roots too!
Visits for Kids Too
We know how to ensure your little one feels comfortable and relaxed when he or she visits our office. In addition to our checkups and cleanings, we also discuss preventive care to limit the risks of cavities. For example, during each six month visit, we will apply a fluoride gel to the teeth, which strengthens the outer enamel to prevent cavities. Since kids also have trouble reaching the rear molars and cavities tend to develop there as a result, we can apply a sealant. Dental sealants are an acrylic material that coats the rear teeth and prevents food particles from becoming stuck between them. They stay in place for up to ten years in some cases!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
If you and your want to start the new year with a stronger smile, then please schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.