When was the last time your family visited us for a dental exam? A routine checkup is a major part of our approach to family dentistry, and we recommend one every six months. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist explains what to expect from a dental exam.
Checkups for Adults
Grownups need an exam every six months, so we can watch for the oral health concerns that threaten our smiles in adulthood. Using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, we can carefully examine the teeth, gums, roots, and jaw for signs of issues like tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and even gum disease. We also watch for concerns like TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). We then create a treatment plan to address these issues and preserve your smile, so you avoid issues that could threaten smile stability.
Dental Checkups for Children
Children also need exams! We recommend one at age one, an initial knee-to-knee lap exam. Starting at age two, kids need a visit every six months, so we can monitor the smile as it grows and changes. We look for common issues like tooth decay, and also take steps to limit the risk of misalignment as they grow older. For teens, we can discuss wisdom tooth removal too, taking out the third set of molars before they erupt and threaten the alignment of the smile. These visits also help instill good oral health habits, and prevent dental anxiety too.
Cleaning the Teeth
In the same visit, our team will clean smiles of all ages. A dental cleaning involves using ultrasonic scaling devices and manual picks to break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup. Doing so not only fights bad breath and teeth stains, but also lowers the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Once we do, we polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and a smoother finish.
Preventing Cavities in Little Smiles
Our team could also offer treatments to lower the risk of cavities in little smiles. During each checkup, we could apply a topical fluoride gel to strengthen outer enamel and lower the risk of cavities. Dental sealants are an acrylic layer we coat the rear teeth with, which helps lower the risk of cavities developing in the vulnerable portions of the smile.
If you’re ready to schedule a checkup for you and your family, then contact our team today.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT DENTAL CHECKUPS
With a routine dental checkup, our team can keep smiles strong. If you would like to find out more about safeguarding your smile or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.