Protect Your Smile With Regular Checkups
When you make your smile a priority, exams and cleanings help you prevent oral health problems before they cause significant damage. This is because removing plaque and tartar deposits on a regular basis greatly reduces your risks for tooth decay and gum disease. And if these problems appear, a timely examination can lead to treatment before they cause advanced harm.
We recommend visiting at least twice per year to receive a cleaning and examination. This schedule helps identify threats and schedule additional treatments as soon as they are needed. A preventive approach to your oral care helps you preserve your natural smile’s well-being!
While brushing and flossing each day form the basis for your smile protection, you require professional cleanings for bacterial deposits your at-home tools cannot handle. When plaque calcifies into a substance called tartar, your dental hygienist can detect and remove the deposit to prevent decay or gingivitis. If we suspect plaque and tartar deposits develop below your gumline, we will recommend an ultrasonic scaling and root planing procedure. Using ultrasonic technology, we clear bacterial formations from your teeth’s roots to allow your gums to heal and reattach. This can help reverse gum disease in its first stage or get more advanced periodontal infections under control.
After your hygienist fully cleans your smile, Dr. Vlachakis will perform a full evaluation of your teeth and other oral structures to assess their health. By visiting our office every six months, we can provide more conservative treatments when detecting problems early. This could mean treating a cavity with a dental filling before damage to your tooth’s structure requires a dental crown for example.
A professional cleaning and exam will help you preserve your smile’s natural function and beauty! By visiting us every six months, we can discuss any concerns you have about your oral health. To find out more about the benefits of preventive care, or to schedule an appointment, talk to a member of our team at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in Houston, TX, at (281) 974-4494.