The American Dental Association recommends people of all ages have their teeth thoroughly examined at least once every six months. What’s so great about a checkup? Why do we need one so frequently? Even if you brush and floss daily you still need to have a dentist examine your smile. Doing so can help you maintain a healthy smile free of common oral health problems.
What Happens During an Exam?
First, the doctor will need to create a detailed picture of your current oral health. In addition, the doctor also wants to look for possible warning signs of common oral health concerns, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. The doctor may employ a number of different technologies, such as:
- Digital x-rays
- Intraoral cameras
- DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection
- Soprolife camera
These technologies allow the dentist to make a thorough and precise diagnosis. We can then discuss possible treatment options and address any questions or concerns the patient may have.
Why Do We Need One?
A checkup allows the doctor to identify and treat issues before they progress. This prevents serious oral health problems and also allows you to potentially avoid more intensive and expensive treatments down the road. Doing so can help you maintain a healthy and whole smile.
Will the Doctor Also Perform a Cleaning?
Yes. As part of the visit we may also recommend a dental cleaning. The procedure involves the dentist or hygienist removing plaque buildup from the teeth. Even if you brush and floss daily as recommended you won’t be able to avoid or remove the buildup of plaque. This material is a byproduct of bacteria and can weaken tooth enamel and inflame the gum tissue. With a cleaning, you significantly reduce the risk of gum disease. If you would like to schedule a checkup or a dental cleaning then please contact our office today.