In between trying to stay cool or planning fun vacations this summer, you should think about your teeth. Summer is a great time for families to see their dentist and undergo routine exams and necessary treatment. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how a checkup benefits our oral health.
Why We Need Dental Exams
We need checkups every six months because serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease require months to form. With regular appointments in our office, we can catch these problems in the early stages and address them before they cause major complications for your smile. This often means treatment before you experience painful symptoms like toothaches or sore, bleeding gums. We suggest them for everyone ages two and older every six months. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may suggest one every three to four months.
The Checkup Process
When you sit down for an exam, we will talk to you about your oral health habits and how often you consume sugary foods and drinks. We then carefully examine the teeth and gums for signs of trouble. In addition to a visual exam, our team will also employ advanced digital x-rays and intraoral camera technology. These allow us to see the surfaces of the teeth and gums with incredible detail, so we can diagnose the presence of cavities, infections, gingivitis, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder or bruxism with precision and accuracy. Afterward, we will use a dental cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar, and then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
What Happens Next?
Once we examine the smile, we will let you know if we find any issues that need attention, and then schedule an appointment to correct them. This could include a filling for cavities, or possibly a deep cleaning to reverse gingivitis. We can also discuss better at-home actions to protect your smile and limit plaque buildup in between your checkup and cleaning visits. If you have any questions about how we keep smiles strong and healthy with preventive appointments, or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today!
Schedule a Visit with Your Kansas City, MO Dentist
We would love to help you and your family enjoy good oral health this summer with a preventive checkup visit! If you want to learn more about our approach to preventive dentistry, or if you want to schedule a visit, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000. We want to help you and your family enjoy strong and healthy smiles for years to come!