Did you know that many oral health problems show practically no signs during their initial stages? This includes the two most common issues, cavities, and gum disease, and this causes many patients to not seek out treatment until the matter is quite advanced and serious. To make sure nothing has a chance to sneak up on you and your family’s smiles, we recommend coming to see us at least twice a year for preventive dentistry in Austin, TX. This way, we can stop many dental problems before they ever begin and also treat any as soon as possible, better preserving your oral health. To schedule you or your child’s next checkup and cleaning, contact us today.
Whether someone is 2 or 102, they should attend at least two checkups and cleanings each year to keep their teeth and smile in tip-top shape. During this appointment, one of our dentists will give you a thorough oral exam that will help them identify any decay or damage so they can take care of it right away. Additionally, a meticulous cleaning from one of our dental hygienists will remove the root cause of cavities and gum disease—bacteria-filled plaque—from those areas of your mouth your brush and floss can’t reach.
Routine dental checkups are very important for your overall health as well as your dental health because they give our team the chance to catch the initial stages of oral cancer. Early detection and treatment are the most effective ways to beat the disease, and by coming to see us on a regular basis, a patient will have the best chance of starting treatment before it’s too late. The screening itself only takes a couple of minutes, but it could literally save your life in the long run.
Fluoride is a mineral found in nature, and you’ll often find it added to tap water as well as most oral healthcare products like toothpaste. That’s because, when exposed to the enamel, it actually strengthens it and makes it more resilient against decay. Here, we also use fluoride as part of our regular checkups, where we apply a highly concentrated gel to the teeth to give a patient an instant boost of cavity protection. This is extremely beneficial for patients of all ages, but particularly children who are still forming their brushing habits.
99% of dental care happens at home with daily brushing and flossing, so needless to say, the products you and your family use are extremely important to your ongoing dental health. Our team would be happy to offer recommendations as to which type of toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash each member of your family should be using based on everyone’s unique needs. That way, you can all get the most out of your oral hygiene routines!