A checkup and cleaning could help you enjoy optimal oral health and avoid major complications for your smile. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist will look at how these visits help people of all ages, and why you should schedule one at least once every six months. You may be surprised to learn how a simple exam helps your smile!
The Checkup Portion
The checkup is a chance for us to take time to carefully look at your smile. We want to identify possible problems in the earliest stages, treating them before they require more extensive solutions. To examine your smile with precision and accuracy, we will often employ digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we obtain incredibly detailed images. The exam lets us watch for tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We look for warning signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), and also screen for oral cancer once a year. Remember, a checkup could mean treating a cavity in one visit with a simple filling, instead of treating painful infections with a more involved root canal!
Cleaning Your Teeth
During the same visit, we will thoroughly clean your teeth. The process uses an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup. Doing so helps prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease, and also fights bad breath and teeth stains. We complete the procedure by thoroughly polishing the smile for a brighter appearance and smoother finish on the teeth. A cleaning is a great way to avoid gum disease, which impacts half of adults 30 and older, and is the most common factor in adult tooth loss.
Continuing Good Care at Home
Seeing us every six months is the only way to remove plaque, and lets us keep a close eye on the smile. However, you also need to take steps from home to control buildup and keep the smile strong until we see you again. You should brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and then again before going to bed. Each session should take about two minutes, and makes use of a fluoride toothpaste. Every evening before you go to bed, you should floss too!
If you have any questions about the steps necessary to keep your smile strong and healthy, and avoid oral health issues, then contact our team today. Now is a great time to schedule your next checkup!
Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?
We want to help you and your family enjoy strong smiles with preventive dentistry. To learn more about our approach to family dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.