When you undergo a routine checkup with our team, we can take a close look at your smile to catch possible problems in the early stages. We then help you avoid discomfort or the risk of tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about taking a proactive approach with checkups and cleanings.
When You Need an Exam
We agree with the American Dental Association (ADA): People of all ages need to undergo a checkup and cleaning visit every six months. This goes for kids as young as age two, to teens and adults too. The exam involves our team employing digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to gather detailed images of your smile from multiple angles, so we can diagnose the presence of oral health concerns in the earliest stages. We then administer treatment, so you can continue to enjoy optimal oral health and avoid painful symptoms or the risk of tooth loss.
The Issues We Watch For
We use checkups to look for the earliest indicators of tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and even gum disease. We also screen for oral cancer too, and for kids, we make sure baby teeth arrive and fall out on schedule so the permanent teeth can arrive without complications, and spare your child dental misalignment. For kids, these visits also help limit the risk of dental anxiety, so your kids can gain a better understanding of their own smile and notice to seek dental care as adults.
What if we find signs of trouble? If we uncover a cavity, we can often treat the concern in one visit with a lifelike and metal-free dental filling. We also have custom and durable crowns that blend with your smile as well. We could provide a deep cleaning to reverse gingivitis or begin managing gum disease, and should we uncover possible cancerous or precancerous areas, we can refer you for a biopsy. Our team can create a custom treatment plan to correct the concerns we find and help you enjoy your best possible smile!
In the same visit, we clean smiles of all ages. A dental cleaning means we employ an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. Doing so helps lower the risk of gingivitis and gum disease, and also fights bad breath and teeth stains too. We then polish your teeth for a brighter appearance! If you have any questions about checkups and cleanings, then contact our team today to learn more or schedule your next visit.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Offers Preventive Dental Care
Our team offers a proactive approach to keeping smiles strong with checkups and cleanings! For more information on our preventive visits, then call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.