How Checkups Preserve Your Oral Health

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To help preserve your oral health and prevent the onset of common issues like tooth decay and gum disease, your dentist needs to identify the problems in the earliest stages. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist explains how our approach to exams help you avoid poor oral health, and protect smiles, from kids to adults.

The Reasons We Recommend an Exam

When you see us every six months, this means we keep a close eye on your smile and identify any gradual changes with time. Which means the chance to catch possible problems, such as tooth decay and gingivitis, in the earliest stages. We can often recommend minor preventive care to stop them from developing further, so you avoid the need for more sensitive treatments down the road. We also help diagnose the onset of major issues, such as developing misalignment, so can start care in childhood to reduce severity. Instead of waiting for painful toothaches or bleeding gums to let you know something is wrong, and risking tooth loss and other issues in the process, instead show up for a checkup and keep your smile strong!

The Checkup Process

We will carefully examine your teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures with advanced digital technology. Our digital x-ray use a fraction for the radiation that a traditional system employs, and the images are available instantly chairside. We also use intraoral cameras for detail digital photos of various portions of your smile. With these images, we make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision, creating a personalized plan to restore the health of your smile. All smiles are examined for signs of cavities, infection, and gingivitis. For adults, we also look for gum disease, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and even screen for oral cancer. For children, we make sure baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth erupting on schedule, and that nothing has become impacted.

Cleaning Your Smile

During the visit, we also take the opportunity to clean the smile. A cleaning basically means we remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Doing so helps not only fight bad breath and remove teeth stains, but also lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you have high risk factors for issues like gum disease, we may also suggest a checkup every three to four months. If you have any questions about our exams and cleanings, then contact our team today. We want to help your family enjoy optimal oral health!

Have You Scheduled Your Visit?

We want to help people of all ages maintain their best smiles with routine checkups and cleanings. To learn more about the process of examining your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.