Dental Exam and X-Ray
Surprise Smiles wants you to be happy and confident in your smile. There are some ways that we can prevent anything bad happening to your teeth, but one of the essential practices are your regular checkups, at least one every six months or so. These checkups primarily consist of dental cleanings, examinations, and X-rays, which can all combine to provide us with an understanding of your mouth that we could not get any other way.
Purpose of Cleanings, Examinations, and X-rays
As you go about your daily life, your teeth deal with a lot. Different foods have different effects on teeth depending on texture and acidity, and the same goes for drinks. Perhaps you grind your teeth when you sleep or are nervous. Maybe you tend to forget to brush your teeth regularly. Whatever kind of lifestyle you live, we all have to face that our teeth have got it pretty rough. However, our checkups can help to save you much potential trouble as we can monitor changes in your teeth in response to these trends.
Dental examination is a good place to start. When you come in, we can visually examine each and every tooth. This allows us to catch little issues before they become big issues. We can also identify potential weak spots in your teeth and continue to monitor those problem areas more closely. We can see decay or infection on the surface of your teeth and find a diagnosis so that we can begin treatment right away. These examinations do not stop at your teeth, however. We can also exam your gums all around.
This is essential because healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth. Risks like gum disease can wreak havoc on the rest of your body, and also cause infection or decay within your mouth that can spread like wildfire. We screen your tongue, gums, cheeks, and teeth for oral cancer as well. Any kind cancer is dangerous, but the sooner we can find it and deal with it, the better your odds are.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Cleanings are also important. As time goes by, tartar, plaque, and calculus build up on your teeth. This is ridden with bacteria that leaves waste that can cause decay while the bacteria themselves relentlessly attack your teeth. These bacteria also tend to travel the rest of your body as well as causing problems wherever they go. There are links between sub-par oral health and health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.
Finally, X-rays are incredibly important because they allow us to see things that surface examinations simply cannot show us, such as cysts or decay below the gumline or within the teeth themselves.
Preventative dentistry is an art and a balance between taking good care of your teeth at home and coming in to see us here at Surprise Smiles- Andrew regularly to let us do our part to keep your smile strong. Every step of the process is equally important. Give us a call and set up an appointment today to get yourself on track to a beautiful and healthy smile.