Before you know it, fall will officially be here! We all enjoy the cooling weather, and the change in seasons is a good time to see us for a checkup and cleaning. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will talk about how we perform a thorough checkup, and the benefits this offers your smile’s health and beauty.
The Benefits of Examining Your Smile
We want to see you at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. A checkup means our team will use advanced digital technology to take clear and detailed images of your teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures. From there, we can identify possible areas of concern with precision and accuracy. The earlier we identify a problem, the sooner can treat it, often helping you avoid the need for extensive (and expensive) treatments. We often look for tooth decay, gingivitis, dental infection, gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding).
Treatment for Poor Oral Health
For a cavity, we may place a filling in one visit using lifelike materials. The same material is often employed in bonding to repair teeth. We also use deep cleanings to manage gum disease or reverse gingivitis. Custom oral appliances may be necessary to help treat the jaw joint strain behind TMJ disorder and bruxism. If we discover areas that could be cancerous or precancerous, we can recommend you to a specialist for a biopsy and if necessary, to discuss treatment options. We want to not only improve health and function, but provide a more beautiful smile too!
Removing Plaque and Tartar
You also need to have your smile cleaned professionally once every six months. A cleaning removes the plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surfaces of the teeth. We use an ultrasonic scaler and manual tool to break up this buildup, and then we polish the teeth. The process helps prevent the enamel erosion and gum inflammation that could otherwise cause tooth decay and gum disease. The procedure also helps fight bad breath and keep the teeth bright. In between visits, you should brush and floss daily to help limit how much plaque accumulates in between each visit. If you have any questions about checkup and cleaning visits, or about what you can do to keep your smile healthy from home, then contact our team today.
Ready for an Exam?
Our team wants you to start the new season with a strong and healthy smile. To learn more about our preventive dental visits, or to set up a visit for you or a member of your family, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.