Our days can be hectic, especially for those of us balancing family and work. So, putting off a dental checkup may seem like a no brainer. However, we want to remind our patients about the importance of a routine checkup and the risks of putting them off!
Frequently Asked Questions About Checkups
Question: How often do we really need one?
Answer: On average, the American Dental Association recommends one every six months. For patients with a high risk of developing oral health issues, we may recommend one every three to four months. The exact amount of time will depend on a patient’s oral health.
Question: What does the dentist look for?
Answer: The dentist will examine your smile to look at the gums, teeth, and jawbone. We look for signs of gingivitis and gum disease, tooth decay and infections, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism. We also watch for the warning signs of oral cancer as well. Early identification can allow us to treat the issue before it progresses and leads to more serious complications.
Question: Do I need one if I brush and floss at home?
Answer: Yes! Even if you brush and floss at home, you should still have your smile examined regularly by the dentist. Otherwise, minor issues could remain untreated and grow worse!
Question: Will you also clean my teeth?
Answer: Yes, during the same visit we will typically perform a dental cleaning. The procedure involves removing the plaque from the teeth, as this bacterial byproduct can waken enamel and inflame gum tissue. In addition, the procedure can help freshen the breath and brighten your smile. Even if you brush and floss, cleanings are essential for maintaining optimal oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about improving your smile’s health, or about what to expect during your checkup, then please contact our office today.
Ready to Schedule an Exam?
If you need a checkup to make sure your smile is healthy, then give us a call today. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.