Preventive Dentistry – Routine Care to Protect Your Oral Health
Regular dental care is perhaps the most important service we offer here at Gentle Smiles. A professional dental cleaning will remove the harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar that you cannot eliminate on your own. In addition, at each visit, Dr. Tran or Dr. Hoang will look for the signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. A cleaning allows our team to thoroughly examine your smile as we remove plaque and improve your oral health. Though our first goal is to prevent these conditions in the first place, if we detect them early, we can often address them with very conservative care within your time schedule for added convenience.
What to Expect During Your Routine Visit
At your appointment, your dentist will thoroughly and carefully clean your teeth. After she has removed all the harmful substances, Dr. Tran or Dr. Hoang will examine your teeth and soft tissues. Your dentist will look for surface damage, gum inflammation, and small oral sores. At some visits, he or she will take digital x-rays to look for cavities, dental misalignment, and other concerns that might otherwise go unnoticed. He or she may also use our intraoral camera to get a closer look at one or two individual teeth. If your dentist notices anything unusual, he or she will recommend the most appropriate treatment.
Regular Dental Care Has an Important Impact on Your Health
At-home hygiene can remove a significant amount of harmful oral bacteria, but it cannot eliminate all of them. Over time, these bacteria will form plaque and tartar, which will erode your dental enamel and cause cavities or tooth loss if the issue is ignored. Therefore, to keep your teeth healthy, it is essential to receive professional dental care on a regular basis. Additionally, if you do develop cavities or other damage, your dentist can catch these concerns early before they cause serious discomfort or more extensive decay.
When to Schedule Your Checkups and Cleanings
Typically, you should make routine dental visits every six months. However, if you have a history of gum disease or frequent cavities, you may need to schedule visits more often. Drs. Tran and Hoang will advise you regarding the frequency of your visits. No matter what your age, you should make regular dental care a priority. Children should have their first dental appointment by the time their first tooth erupts, or by six months of age. As an adult, you should make regular appointments, even if you are missing teeth and wear a prosthetic. At these visits, your dentist can monitor your gum health to prevent periodontal disease, gum recession, bone degeneration, and related symptoms.