At the moment, our team is following recommendations from medical professionals and trusted organization like the Centers for Disease Control, and keeping our doors closed for care outside of emergency treatment. However, when your Bedford, MA, dentist can open the doors again, you should definitely schedule a checkup and cleaning visit!
What Happens During a Checkup?
We suggest a checkup for patients of all ages every six months. The visit is crucial for ensuring you maintain optimal oral health, as checkups allow us to monitor your smile throughout the year and watch any changes that could indicate the presence of an oral health issue. We then create a treatment plan to address the concern before the stability of your smile is compromised. The exam involves using advanced technology to watch for the warning signs of tooth decay, infections or abscesses, gingivitis and gum disease, and even issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Our team also performs oral cancer screenings for adults too.
Does My Smile Need a Cleaning?
We also clean your teeth too! Over time, a number of factors could allow plaque to begin forming and coating our teeth, hardening into tartar. Without removal, the buildup will weaken and erode your outer enamel, allowing cavities to form. The gum tissue could become inflamed too, increasing the risks of issues like gingivitis and gum disease. A cleaning uses an ultrasonic scaler and manual tool to remove the buildup completely, restoring the health of your smile (and also combating bad breath and teeth stains).
How Do I Address Plaque at Home?
To help reduce the severity of plaque in between each office visit, we suggest kids and adults alike care for their teeth at home. This daily care removes food particles and helps lessen the severity of plaque and tartar. We suggest the day starts with you brushing your teeth for two minutes, and ends the same way. Each session should use a toothpaste that contains a fluoride too. Each night, we all need to floss too, which removes trapped food particles too. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks could also be beneficial too! If you have any questions about these preventive visits, or about the steps needed to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy at home, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy your healthiest smile possible!
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry allows our team to help patients maintain optimal oral health and brighter smiles throughout the year. To learn more about our routine checkup and cleaning visits, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.