Preventative Dentistry in San Antonio, TX
Regardless of age, preventive dental care is a critical part of your life if you want to enjoy a healthy-looking smile. When you take good care of your teeth through daily oral hygiene at home and regular checkups with your dental office, you help your smile to remain as bright and friendly for years and decades to come.
Here are a few ways that you and others will get to enjoy your vibrant smile on a daily basis.
Professional Dental Cleanings
Professional cleanings, or dental prophylaxis, are performed by a professionally certified dental hygienist or dentist. The objective of professional dental cleanings is to form a foundation to fight against gum disease and tooth decay. The dental cleaning process will include the following from your friendly Check Dental hygienist or dentist:
Remove Plaque from Teeth
Plaque is an undesirable substance that is sticky and forms in the mouth as a result of food, bacteria, and saliva. The formation of plaque is what happens when teeth aren’t brushed and flossed on a regular basis. The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the higher the risk is for tooth decay and gum disease. A member of the Check Dental team will remove all of the plaque from your teeth to keep you at a low risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Remove Calculus (Tartar) from Above the Gum Line
Calculus, often referred to as tartar, is a type of plaque that has hardened on the very surface of the tooth and is challenging and difficult to remove. Calculus above the gum line is much easier to treat and any calculus found below the gum line may indicate gum disease, which will require a different dental procedure to remove.
Polish & Remove Stains from Teeth
Removing stains and polishing your teeth will help you or your child to get a healthy and vibrant looking smile.
Additionally, Check Dental can help with the application of fluoride varnish and sealant for your teeth.
Fluoride varnish is a specific type of fluoride that is applied after professional dental cleanings to further strengthen your teeth in order to prevent decay. Fluoride varnish is a topical anti-cavity agent that is the most effective defense and remains on your teeth for up to two weeks.
Sealants are a solution for narrow grooves along a tooth that cannot be properly cleaned at home or in a professional dental setting. These little grooves in the teeth can accumulate plaque, even with the best brushing practices, and a sealant will coat the pits of the grooves and make it possible to brush off plaque during your next brushing or dental cleaning.
Dental examinations are an important part of preventative dental care. An examination will help you to diagnose a disease before it becomes detrimental to your health. When you have your teeth regularly examined, you can even save money by stopping problems before they become a major and costly issue. If you go too long without an examination, you may miss out on spotting an issue and it could become impossible to repair.
Check Dental examinations include the following and more:
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Gum Disease Evaluation
- Visual Examination of Tooth Decay
- Examination of Diagnostic X-Rays to Visualize Cysts, Tumors, Invisible Decay and Additional Problems
- Status Evaluation of Current Restorations (e.g., Fillings)
Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are an important part of preventative dentistry. They allow the hygienists and dentists at Check Dental to view your oral health that cannot be seen by the eye alone. Cysts, cancerous and noncancerous tumors, invisible decay, and incoming teeth can all be seen by a simple x-ray. A major diagnosis should never be done without a quick and easy dental x-ray.
Check Dental uses state-of-the-art, low radiation machines that make the entire procedure safe and easy. By comparison, a brief airplane flight will provide more exposure to radiation than the modern dental x-ray machines at Check Dental.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is responsible for the majority of adult tooth loss. Gum disease can be characterized by inflamed, swollen gums surrounding the teeth. Plaque, which forms as a result from eating, gets wedged between the gum line and the tooth. If this plaque is not removed, it hardens into a substance that is more difficult to remove.
When plaque is not removed, the bacteria will eat away at the fibers holding the gum to the teeth and create dangerous pockets that are harmful to the teeth and gums. If this goes untreated, your tooth loses the support it needs to remain in your gums and can be lost.
When gum disease is found, Check Dental diagnoses it by measuring the depth of the pockets around each tooth. Any pocket that exceeds a depth of 3 millimeters is considered hazardous and should receive immediate treatment. The earlier that gum disease can be discovered, the easier it gets to treat and prevent. This is just one of many reasons to see your Check Dental office on a regular basis.
Gum disease can be carefully treated by removing bacteria and other harmful substances that form in or around the pockets of the tooth. With the experience and technical knowledge of the staff at Check Dental, we provide the most precise treatment on a microscopic level to effectively remove the harmful bacteria.
The most effective treatment may require numerous visits to your Check Dental office. You’ll receive treatment, cleaning, and maintenance on the areas at risk. If not handled properly, the bacteria will return and you will need to start again. We make sure that you only need to be thoroughly treated once.
Once you have contracted the periodontal disease, you will always have it as a result of the damage it does to your body. Daily hygiene and regular Check Dental visits to clean the pockets will help to keep harmful bacteria and the disease from returning to your teeth. Once you have been fully treated for gum disease, all you need to do is schedule regular visits for periodontal maintenance to keep your pockets free of bacteria.
You and your children deserve the best and most radiantly beautiful smiles. At Check Dental we provide exceptional results every time you visit. Whether you just need standard preventative dentistry or need to see a dentist for oral pain or health, Check Dental will see to it that you get treated in a friendly and professional manner.
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