When should I schedule a checkup and cleaning?
Most patients should schedule checkup and cleaning appointments at least twice every year. Regular exams help your dentist catch problems at an early stage so that you have a better chance at avoiding more serious concerns. Professional teeth cleaning helps ensure that plaque and tartar, which are made mostly of oral bacteria, don’t stick around long enough to become a threat to your teeth and gums.
What happens during a checkup?
During your checkup, your dentist will thoroughly check for warning signs like weak spots in your tooth enamel that may indicate decay, or pockets in your gums that signify gum disease. Digital X-rays and intraoral camera images provide a more detailed look, and can be easily added to your electronic chart to keep your records updated. An oral cancer screening is another vital component of your exam. Early detection increases your odds of successful treatment, so we’ve invested in advanced detection technology that consists of a handheld device that illuminates abnormal tissues.
What is professional teeth cleaning?
Oral bacteria are the main cause behind issues like cavities and gum disease. When they accumulate on your teeth, they form plaque, which you can brush and floss away to keep oral bacteria under control. When plaque calcifies, it becomes tartar, which increases your risk of cavities and gum disease because it can’t be removed with brushing and flossing. Your dentist must remove it, and at our office, we can utilize an ultrasonic scaler to break up tartar using a gentle vibration. If your exam reveals signs of ginvitis, the first stage of gum disease, then you might require deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from underneath your gums.
Schedule your next checkup and cleaning with us.
Combined with good hygiene practices at home, regular checkups and cleanings are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life. To schedule your next appointment, call the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.