Routine Checkups and Cleanings
The first step to keeping your smile healthy is to keep your teeth and gums clean with a good hygiene routine. That means brushing your teeth at least twice and flossing at least once every day. The next, equally important step is to stick to a regular schedule of checkups and cleanings with your dentist (usually, at least once every six months). No matter how good your hygiene is, you may miss a spot of plaque that can quickly harden into tartar and raise your risks for things like tooth decay and gingivitis. Also, you might not notice early signs of trouble yourself, and giving your dentist the chance to routinely check on your teeth and oral tissues will increase your chances of detecting and treating any troubles that might arise as early as possible.
Examining all of your oral health
A dental checkup is exactly what it sounds like – a checkup on the state of your oral health. During your exam, your dentist will thoroughly check your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for any abnormalities that might cause concern. For example, if your tooth enamel is especially weak, you might be at risk for cavities. If your gums look red, angry, and/or swollen, you may be in the early throes of gum disease. Your exam will also include a comprehensive oral cancer screening to check for lesions, sores, growths, or other potential signs of oral cancer. With the use of advanced imaging technology, such as digital X-rays, we can quickly perform a thorough exam every time you visit.
Cleaning up any spots you miss
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day helps keep plaque build up at bay. Plaque is a biofilm created by the hundreds of types of oral bacteria that inhabit your mouth. Many of these bacteria are responsible for chronic conditions like tooth decay and gum disease, which is why controlling them every day is vital. Yet, you can miss a spot of plaque now and then, even when you pay close attention. Before long, plaque will calcify into tartar – an insoluble film that won’t respond to toothpaste and water. Professionally cleaning your teeth at your dentist’s office is the only way to keep tartar from growing and becoming a more serious threat to your smile.
Schedule your next checkup & cleaning
Keeping your smile consistently healthy requires sticking to a routine schedule of preventive exams and dental cleanings. To schedule an appointment with us, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly serve patients who live in Bayard, Deming, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, and all surrounding communities.