When was the last time you had your smile examined? We sometimes find that people underestimate the importance of a routine dental checkup. Our team suggests checkups twice a year to help people of all ages maintain healthier smiles. In today’s blog, we’re looking at what makes checkups so important and when our Greenville, TX, residents should schedule one!
The Purpose of a Dental Exam
When you see us for an exam, we take a close look at your smile, including the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and oral tissues. We want to uncover the warning signs of common oral health issues, offering treatment for preventive measures before they threaten the health and stability of your smile. We look at the teeth for signs of developing decay, or wear that could indicate teeth grinding. We watch the gums for signs of gingivitis and gum disease, and look at the jaw joints for the warning sign of TMJ disorder and bruxism. Our team also screens for oral cancer. We recommend regular checkups every six months for people ages three and up.
The Technology We Use
In addition to a visual scan, we also employ advanced technology to offer an diagnosis with accuracy and precision. To obtain a look at your jaw and tooth roots, we may use digital x-rays, which use up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. We also have the images instantly chairside, so we can walk you through the diagnostic process and we don’t have to develop the pictures in harsh chemicals. We also employ intraoral cameras, which are tiny digital camera set at the end of a wand, which allow us to take a series of pictures quickly and comfortably, and also allows us to zero in on areas of the smile we may not be able to see with the naked eye. With DIAGNOdent® dental lasers, we can find the earliest warning signs of cavities, even before they form. We then take steps to protect you from painful decay or infection.
The Cleaning Process
We also clean the teeth during these visits. A dental cleaning means removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth, a process that not only brightens teeth and freshen breath, but also limits the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, helping you enjoy a clean, healthy, and beautiful smile. If you have any questions about our exams or the technology we implement during these visits, then please contact our team today.
Schedule a Checkup At Smith Family Dentistry
If you would like to start the road toward a healthier smile, then talk to our team today. We can perform a thorough and accurate dental exam. To learn more, call Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750.