How many times has your dentist reminded you to schedule a six-month visit? Due to our hectic schedules, many of us in Albuquerque, NM, put off these regular visits. In today’s blog, we want to explain what makes a checkup and cleaning so vital for our smile’s health and beauty. We’re going to look at what happens during an exam and a dental cleaning.
A checkup involves the dentist thoroughly examining your smile, and often employing advanced technology as part of the process, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. When we examine your teeth, gums, oral tissues, and jaw joints, we have the ability to identify possible problems in the early stages. For example, catching and reversing gingivitis before gum disease forms, identifying a cavity prior to any tooth sensitivity or toothaches, and addressing jaw joint strain early, which could help prevent TMJ disorder and bruxism. We also perform screenings for oral cancer. Oral cancer’s high mortality rate is often attributed to the fact that the disease is rarely caught in the early stages. The earlier the diagnosis, the more likely the recovery.
When we help improve oral health, we often place dental restorations, such as crowns, veneers, bonding, or fillings. During your regular visits, we have a chance to see how these are holding up, ensuring you’re continuing to enjoy optimal smile improvement. We also look at your dental implants and other prosthetics to ensure quality tooth replacement. If you have gum disease, which is not curable, we use these visits to watch your gums to ensure your smile remains and free of the advanced stages, which could lead to adult tooth loss.
Part of your visit also involves a dental cleaning. Having your teeth cleaned means we completely remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of your smile using a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. Removing the buildup helps the tooth enamel stay strong and avoid erosion, preventing tooth decay. We also prevent gum inflammation, a major factor in staying free of gum disease.
The cleaning portion also helps fight bad breath, which often occurs as a result of plaque and tartar accumulation. The procedure is completed with a tooth polishing, which means a brighter smile as well. If you have any questions about checkups and cleanings, then contact our team today.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team use preventive and general dentistry to help maintain good oral health. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation and create a personalized treatment plan at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.
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