Often, we find that people underestimate the importance of having their teeth examined and cleaned twice a year. These routine visits stand between you and serious oral health issues, including cavities and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA, dentist would like to remind you and your family why you need a checkup and cleaning every six months!
The Value of a Simple Exam
When you come in for an exam, we will use advanced technology to carefully look at your teeth, roots, gums, and oral structures for warning signs of common oral health issues. We then create a treatment plan to address these concerns and preserve the health and beauty of the smile. We may watch for signs of tooth decay, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. Our team also looks for wear and friction, which could indicate the presence of issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). For adults, we also screen for oral cancer once a year, which means if you develop the disease, you have a chance to combat the issue in the early stages.
Removing Plaque with a Cleaning
During the same visit, we will also thoroughly clean your teeth. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque buildup, especially once it hardens into tartar. However, a dental cleaning uses a scaling and root planing and manual tools to break up and remove buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. Removing plaque helps prevent the enamel erosion and gum inflammation that could lead to problems like tooth decay or periodontal disease. The process only takes a few minutes, and we complete the process by thoroughly polishing your teeth for a brighter smile. The procedure also helps fight bad breath too!
Kids Need Them Too!
Checkups allow us to watch for warning signs of cavities or developing misalignment, which impact little smiles. These visits also give us a chance to educate your kids on their oral health, so they understand the importance of routine visits and daily brushing and flossing. Routine visits every six months also mean they’ll be more likely continue attending checkups as adults, and helps reduce the risk of dental anxiety! If you have any questions about our approach to preventive visits for kids and adults, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Provides Preventive Care for All Ages
Our Vista, CA dentist’s office wants to help you and your family better manage your oral health and smile beauty. Everyone benefits from a checkup and cleaning every six months, and we’re here to help you. For more information on regular exam and cleaning visits, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.