Now that we’re in a new year, you should consider seeing us soon for a checkup and cleaning. These preventive visits benefit kids and adults alike, helping them maintain good oral health. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about when to schedule a checkup and cleaning, and how this helps smiles stay strong!
The Importance of a Checkup
A checkup twice a year allows our team to take a close look at your smile, employing digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to offer a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. When we identify areas of concern, we can create a treatment plan to address them and improve your oral health, function, and beauty. Our team will watch for the earliest signs of tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We also watch for the indicators of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The sooner we address these concerns, the sooner you can obtain care to prevent painful symptoms.
Oral Cancer Screenings
As party of our checkup visits, we can offer an oral cancer screening, in which we use technology to look for the common indicators of the disease, such as rough patches, soreness, lesions, and red and white blotches in the interior of your mouth. We can then recommend a biopsy if we see potentially precancerous or cancerous areas. The sooner the disease is designed, the more likely you are to fully recover.
In the same visit, we also clean smiles of all ages. A dental cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the tooth. We then polish the teeth afterward. This only takes minutes, but can help significantly lower the risk of tooth decay and dental infection, and also fight gingivitis and gum disease. You also obtain brighter smiles and fresher breath as well.
Scaling and Root Planings
If you have the early signs of gingivitis or gum disease, such as sore and red gums that bleed easily, then we could offer a more involved cleaning known as a scaling and root polkaing, which also removes buildup from the roots as well. This can reverse gingivitis and allow us to more easily manage gum disease, so you avoid the late stages linked to adult tooth loss. The procedure could take one visit, or up to four, and we will numb your smile beforehand. If you have any questions about how our team can keep smiles of all ages healthy and strong with preventive visits, then contact our team today to learn more.
DO YOU NEED PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
Contact Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO by calling 816-942-7669 to learn about how our team can help you enjoy optimal oral health with our checkups and cleanings.