According to the American Dental Association, you should have your teeth thoroughly examined about once every six months. We also urge patients to see us for a checkup twice a year as well. What happens at your checkup? What makes this preventive treatment so necessary for your oral health?
When Do You Have One?
You have your teeth examined routinely about twice a year. You also have a dentist examine your smile if you notice any pain, such as tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a persistent toothache. Ignoring even minor discomfort can allow a problem to progress and eventually require less conservative treatment. Routine visits can help reverse gingivitis before gum disease forms and treat tooth decay before an infection develops.
What Does the Dentist Look For?
First, the dentist thoroughly examines your teeth, gums, and jaw, both with his eyes and using advanced technology, such as digital x-rays or intraoral cameras. The doctor looks for indicators of tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease, jaw problems like TMJ disorder and bruxism, and oral cancer. Identifying a problem early allows a doctor to treat it or, in the case of oral cancer, refer you to other experts in the field, increasing the likelihood of a full recovery and a healthy smile.
What Else Happens?
Of course, this preventive visit also allows the perfect opportunity for the doctor to clean your teeth. A dental cleaning helps remove hardened plaque (tartar) from the teeth. Doing so accomplishes a number of different things, including:
- Reduces risk of gum inflammation and periodontal disease
- Lowers chances of developing tooth decay
- Addresses halitosis (bad breath)
- Leaves teeth feeling smoother and often looking brighter
Both a checkup and dental cleaning are essential for helping you maintain optimal oral health, even if you brush and floss your teeth properly every day. If you have any questions about our preventive treatments or would like to schedule a routine checkup, then contact our team today.
ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.