Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Even if your teeth are in excellent health, you should still attend your dental checkup and cleaning appointments on a regular basis (generally, no more than six months apart). As the most important form of preventive dentistry, checkups and cleanings help ensure that your smile stays healthy in spite of constant attacks by oral bacteria, plaque, and tartar. The visits also give your dentist a chance to thoroughly inspect your teeth and oral tissues for developments that need to be addressed. That way, you can largely avoid the need for extensive treatment to deal with advanced dental issues.
What are Dental Checkups?
A checkup, or dental examination, is a careful, thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to detect cavities, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and more. Your dentist will also search for evidence of bruxism or TMJ disorder, such as excessive tooth wear, bite imbalances, and popping/clicking jaw joints. Each checkup will help determine if you need further treatment to protect your smile, or if you’re good to go until your next visit.
What are Dental Cleanings?
Like brushing and flossing your teeth, professional dental cleanings help keep your teeth free from harmful oral bacteria (in the form of dental plaque and its calcified form, tartar). When left untreated, oral bacteria release substances that can erode the enamel and structure of your teeth, as well as lead to gum disease, chronic bad breath, and more. Because it’s natural to miss a spot or two when brushing and flossing, regular cleanings are essential to ensure that plaque and tartar do not remain long enough to cause serious dental damage.
If you exhibit signs of gingivitis or gum disease during your visit, then your dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning to prevent the extensive damage that the condition can cause. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and perio cleanings can help many patients protect their smiles when gingivitis and gum disease seem imminent.
Schedule a Visit at Sunny Smiles Today!
At Sunny Smiles, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call the Sunny Smiles office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today! We have offices in the East, Northeast, and Westside of El Paso, and happily welcome patients from all nearby communities, including Chaparral, Canutillo, Vinton, and Sunland Park, New Mexico.