With Valentine’s Day a week away, you may be worried about having a healthy-looking and feeling smile. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is with preventive care. At Sunny Smiles Dentistry in El Paso, TX, we offer comprehensive checkups to keep your pearly whites in good shape. If your last appointment was before August, you are due for your next visit.
Preventing Cavities, Gingivitis, And More
The purpose of a biannual cleaning and examination is to help maintain your well-being. During your cleaning, your dentist and staff will remove plaque buildup, clean your teeth, take X-rays, and offer ways to improve your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing at home is an important part of your daily routine, but it may not always remove all the bacteria. Your dental team has special tools that can help get rid of this buildup to prevent cavities and gum disease. X-rays are used to monitor problems that may not be visible and track the growth or movement of your teeth. If your dentist has concerns, they may discuss personalized treatment plans with you to improve your dental health.
Restorative Treatment Options
Two of the most common problems that dental patients face are tooth decay and gum disease. While both of these can be preventable, some people may be at higher risk of developing them. If you have a cavity, it is important to have this treated promptly to avoid it from worsening. In most cases, this can be fixed with a filling. For patients who are showing signs of gingivitis, the dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning. This helps remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline. If this is not performed promptly, gingivitis can progress into further stages of gum disease which cannot be reversed.
Enhance Your Appearance With Cosmetic Dentistry
For patients whose smiles are in good condition, you may not need further treatment. However, if you would like to improve the appearance of your pearly whites, you can talk to your dentist about cosmetic treatments available to you. We have a variety of options that can help you achieve your smile goals. Stains or discoloration from frequent coffee, tea, or soda drinking can be removed with professional whitening services. Intrinsic blemishes can be disguised with composite resin bonding or with porcelain veneers. If the shape of your smile is your main concern, you can disguise tooth or gum contouring with your dentist. Gingival contouring can remove excess tissue to show more of your teeth, and tooth contouring can reshape them if they are pointy or jagged.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If it has been longer than six months since your last appointment, it is time for a checkup. To schedule a visit with Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry in El Paso, TX, call us at 915.759.7000