Dental exams are necessary every six months for people of all ages, including kids as young as age two. These routine visits help keep serious trouble at bay, so you enjoy brighter and healthier smiles. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist discusses what kids and adults can expect during their routine dental checkup visit.
Checkups for Adults
For grownups, we will take a close look at their teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can offer a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. These systems also use a fraction of the radiation that traditional systems require. Our team will look for signs of tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We also look for indicators of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). For adults, we will screen for oral cancer at least once a year as well. Following the exam, we can create a treatment plan to address any concerns we uncover.
Exams for Kids
For children, we use the same technology to offer a comfortable exam and a diagnosis with accuracy, so we can identify common issues like tooth decay. We also make sure baby teeth are erupting and falling out as they should, and that permanent teeth have a clear route for eruption. This helps lower the risk of dental misalignment. These visits also help kids gain a better understanding of their own oral health and how to care for their smiles at home. Regular visits lower dental anxiety as well, so your kids don’t dread their next visit and may be more likely to continue seeing the dentist as adults.
For kids and adults alike, we will clean the teeth in the same appointment. A dental cleaning employs an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup. Our team then polishes the teeth for a smoother finish and a brighter appearance. Removing plaque and tartar helps fight bad breath and teeth stains, and could also significantly lower the risk of everything from cavities and infections to gingivitis and gum disease.
Signs of Trouble
You should bring yourself or your kids in for a visit in between checkups and cleanings if you encounter toothaches, tooth sensitivity, or gums that feel sore or appear redder than usual. Any changes to your teeth or gums could mean oral health concerns that need immediate attention!
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT EXAMS AND CLEANINGS
We’re ready to help everyone in your family enjoy good oral health. If you would like to learn more about our approach to family dentistry, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.