Examinations and Cleanings
Do you know who provides most of the dental care you will receive in your lifetime? Here’s a hint: You see that person’s face in the mirror every morning.
Your brushing and flossing routine is the most important part of your preventive dental care program. Good brushing and flossing habits can prevent many of the most common dental problems that we see in our office, including cavities, decay, and gum disease.
While brushing and flossing are crucial for good dental health, there is another necessary step – regular examinations and professional cleanings. At our office, our goal is to prevent as many dental problems as possible and to help you avoid complex and invasive treatments.
The Power of Regular Examinations
We recommend that most of our patients visit our Sugar Land dental office every six months for an examination and cleaning. Your examination is important for two reasons. It allows us to catch any developing problems early on and decide whether it’s more appropriate to monitor them or treat them early on. Examinations are also a good time for us to discuss your dental health with you and provide you with tips so you can continue to improve your dental care routine and plan for your future care. The opportunity to visit with our fantastic patients is an added bonus!
Most of the time, your examination will include a thorough visual check of your teeth and gums. Dr. Grizzle is looking for any signs of gum disease as well as examining your soft tissues for signs that could indicate oral cancer. If you’ve opted for an advanced oral cancer screening using ViziLite Plus, this would take place now, as well. We may also use the DIAGNOdent system to check for early signs of cavities.
Your examination may include dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are one of our most effective diagnostic tools. They help us to see beneath your gums and deep within your teeth to monitor a condition or catch a problem early when conservative treatment is still possible.
Your Professional Cleaning
Patients sometimes ask why a professional cleaning is necessary when they’ve been doing such a great job brushing and flossing their teeth at home. Even with the most committed homecare routine, your toothbrush and floss are not going to catch every last bit of plaque. Over time, this plaque hardens into tartar. Once this happens, it’s impossible to remove with a toothbrush or dental floss. If the tartar is allowed to build up on your teeth or beneath your gumline, the result is cavities and gum disease.
Is it time for an examination and cleaning? Call us today to schedule an appointment with Sugar Land dentist Dr. Reagan Grizzle. If it’s been a little while, just let us know, and we will work with you to get your teeth in great shape!