You may think that the only reason you need a dental checkup every six months is because we would like to catch cavities in their infancy. This is, of course, one of the many reasons you so frequently hear us reminding you to set up your next visit for an exam and cleaning. Why else are we so serious about making sure we see your smile consistently for an examination, you wonder? We would be more than pleased to walk you through some of the more common purposes of these visits.

Seeking Signs Of Bruxism Or TMJ Disorder

When you see our team for a dental checkup, you’re also seeing us so that we may check on the function of your smile. Did you know that problems like bruxism (when you grind your teeth or clench them) and TMJ disorder (issues with function of your jaw joints) can become chronic? You may not notice that they are there but if we do, we can treat them before they leave damage in their wake.

Looking At Your Gum Health

One of the hygiene-related concerns we keep a close watch for during dental checkups is decay, as you know. Another that’s extremely significant is gum disease. The earliest signs of gum disease (gingivitis) may not make themselves known to you but we will be able to find them. Once see a change, we can treat it before this initial problem becomes serious.

Checking On Existing Dental Work

If you have fillings, crowns, a bridge, or anything else, your dental checkup is the time when we can check in on the existing work. Is it well or damaged? Is it balanced appropriately with your bite or causing you problems? Does it need to be replaced? We can answer these questions and protect your oral health during exams.

Take Time For The Checkups Your Smile Needs

Your teeth and gums need checkups with us two times a year! Make sure you’re keeping up with your visits to keep your smile healthy. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.