Now that we’re in a new year, you should start taking steps to improve your oral health! What better way to start than by visiting your El Paso, TX, dentists for checkups and cleanings? With a routine visit, we can help kids and adults alike enjoy better oral health and a more attractive smiles. How often should you see us for treatment?
Do Kids Need One Too?
Yes! Once the first baby tooth erupts, an initial visit is recommended. By age two, kids should undergo routine visits. We monitor the smile as it grows and develops, watching for the earliest indicators of trouble, treating cavities in the early stages and identifying misalignment. We can then treat problems or refer your family to an orthodontist in the area. By addressing concerns early, your kids avoid serious complications in their teen and adult years. We also have a chance to instill good oral hygiene habits and discuss proper homecare.
Kids and adults should see us for a checkup about once every six months. However, if there’s a high risk of gum disease, we may suggest a visit every three to four months for adults. The visit involves the use of special technology to carefully examine the teeth, gums, and oral structures. We will look for tooth decay, infections or abscess, gingivitis and gum disease, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). We also screen adult smiles for oral cancer. If in between these visits you or a family member encounters changes to their smiles, such as soreness, bleeding, or pain that doesn’t subside, always let us know. This could mean the presence of an oral health concern that requires treatment, and addressing it soon could prevent painful infections or lost teeth!
We also clean your teeth in these visits. A cleaning is vital as this process removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth. While brushing and flossing limits the severity of plaque, only this procedure can completely remove hardened buildup. By doing so, we limit the risk of enamel erosion and gum inflammation, lowering the chances of tooth decay and gum disease forming. The procedure involves removing buildup with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and smoother finish. If you have any questions about preventive dentistry, or about if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO OFFERS PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we know that an exam and dental cleaning can help you enjoy optimal oral health. If you have questions about preventive dentistry, then you can contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.