Although it may seem contradictory, coming in to see us every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning is actually a great way to spend less time in the dental chair in the long run. Along with good oral hygiene habits at home, like regular brushing and flossing, regular visits with us are the foundation of having and keeping a healthy smile. At Texas Dentistry, we highly encourage everyone, regardless of age, to come visit us every six months to get their teeth professional checked and cleaned. It can help keep your smile healthy for life! If it has been more than six months since your last checkup and cleaning, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Your routine visits will usually end up taking about an hour. For the first part of your appointment, you’ll spend time with one of our skilled dentists. We’ll sit down with you and let you ask any questions you might have about your dental health. Then, since your mouth is connected to your overall health, we’ll review your medical history and how that can affect your teeth and gums.
Once a year, we’ll take routine x-rays of your mouth to check for issues that can’t be caught by the naked eye. We’ll also examine your gums as well as all the soft tissue in your mouth and throat to look for any signs of gum disease or oral cancer. Since oral cancer can be fatal, it’s crucial that we make sure it’s caught and treated while it’s still in the early stages. Finally, we’ll go over the results of the x-rays and exam and discuss any needed treatment options.
After one of our dentists has thoroughly examined your mouth and made any treatment plans, we’ll turn you over to the dental hygienist. They will give your teeth a professional cleaning using special tools that are much more adept than your toothbrush and floss. By removing plaque and its hardened form, tartar, your dental hygienist will ensure that your smile is much cleaner than you can get it at home. Finally, the hygienist will floss and polish your teeth to make them shine a little bit brighter.
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. You can get rid of it with daily brushing and flossing, but if you neglect your oral hygiene, plaque will harden into tartar. At that point, only a dental professional can remove it. That’s where your regular dental cleanings come in.
Also, your visit with your Kaufman dentist is crucial in diagnosing and treating oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer before they worsen. In the early stages, these issues are fairly easy to treat, but if you put off your appointment, they can get worse to the point that you might lose teeth to decay and gum disease. In the case of oral cancer, you may even lose your life. That’s why coming in to see us twice a year is important not just for the health of your teeth and gums, but your overall health as well.
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