When you see us for a simple checkup twice a year, this can help you enjoy good oral health for years to come! Which is why you shouldn’t skip these visits. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about how we protect smiles with preventive checkups and cleanings, and what to expect from these visits.
The Dental Exam Process
We agree with the American Dental Association, everyone ages two and older benefits for checkups and cleanings every six months. We offer this for kids and adults alike, and will take clear and detailed images of your teeth with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision. The checkup will look for the presence of tooth decay, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease, as well as TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). For adults, we also screen for oral cancer once a year, and for kids we will make sure baby teeth are falling out on schedule and that permanent ones are erupting properly. For children, we could also discuss the placement of fluoride treatments and dental sealants to lower the risk of tooth decay in the future.
Cleaning Your Teeth
In the same appointment, we will also provide a thorough and gentle dental cleaning. This involves our team using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to carefully remove all plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque forms with time, and will weaken tooth enamel and irritate gum tissues to increase the risk of cavities and gingivitis, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. The cleaning ends with our team thoroughly polishing the smile for a brighter appearance. This is a great way to help protect your smile from the onset of poor oral health.
Better Care at Home
In between these visits, you and your family can safeguard your smiles with daily care. You should brush in the morning and again at night for at least two minutes per session. A fluoride toothpaste is recommended because this helps strengthen the outer enamel. Everyone also needs to floss each evening before bed to reach and remove what a toothbrush alone cannot. Finally, avoid tobacco products and cut back on foods rich in sugar and starch. If you have any questions about protecting your smile then contact our team today to learn more.
Are You Ready for Preventive Dentistry?
We want to help you maintain good oral health with a regular six-month visit. To learn more about safeguarding your smile with preventive care, 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.