Regular dental checkups are crucial for maintaining positive oral health. The dedicated team at Sango Family Dentistry is committed to helping you overcome any challenges so that you can keep your beautiful smile.
A regular dental checkup is a routine visit that patients make for several reasons. We use these visits to examine the teeth and make sure that no new problems or issues have developed since the last visit. Many dental health problems and concerns can only be discovered through a professional examination. Our hygienists also take the time to provide a deeper and more thorough cleaning than what is possible at home with regular brushing and flossing. We advise patients to always schedule a regular checkup at least once every six months due to the importance of these visits. Each visit includes a full examination, a professional cleaning, digital X-rays (when necessary) and an oral cancer screening.
The full examination provides our dentists with a comprehensive overview of the patient’s current oral health. We will carefully check each tooth. Obtaining a complete look at the teeth is very important for us to check for any signs of deterioration or decay. The patient’s gums are also examined to check for any inflammation or retraction that could indicate periodontitis. Using these findings, we can create a personalized treatment plan that will allow the patient to receive the best possible service and care. We may recommend that the patient make a follow-up visit to address more serious oral health issues in the event that it is ever needed.
The professional cleaning is perhaps what most people picture when they think of a dental checkup. The hygienist will use dental tools to carefully scrape away and remove any of the buildup that has accumulated upon the surface of their teeth. We always make sure to use a gentle touch for the patient’s comfort. Next, the teeth are cleansed and polished to reduce surface stains.
This will also help provide the patient with fresh breath for many months to follow. By following this detailed and careful process, we can give our patients the best chance of maintaining strong dental health and great-looking smiles.
Digital X-rays may also be provided during regular dental checkups. Our experts use advanced digital radiography devices to obtain a detailed look at the mouth’s hidden areas and structures. We will then take a close look at the images to determine if any noteworthy issues are present. Any images that are taken can be uploaded to a monitor so that the findings can be more easily shared with the patient. This can be very useful for explaining what exactly is occurring and how we can best address the problem. Some of the issues that we may find using digital X-rays include tooth decay, gum disease, jawbone deterioration, cysts and more.
Finally, each regular dental checkup includes a complete oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is a serious health condition that can strike at any time. Although some patients face a higher risk of developing oral cancer than others, we prefer to stay on the safe side and provide a quick and efficient examination for all patients. Our experts will check a patient’s face, tongue, throat, gums and other soft oral tissues for any signs or symptoms of cancerous cells.
Take the first step towards improving your oral health with a regular dental checkup from Sango Family Dentistry. Our dental care professionals look forward to working with you so that you can maintain your beautiful smile. Please call us at (931) 201-9218 to schedule an appointment.