Every six months, you and your children should make an appointment to see your dentist. These visits are an essential part of a good oral health routine, as they allow your Omaha, NE, dentist to monitor your smiles, identify possible problems, and remove plaque buildup. In today’s blog, we’re taking a closer look at these unique preventive visits, and when you should see us for one.
Exams with Digital X-Rays
The exam allows our team to take a detailed look at the current stat of your oral health, identifying present problems and also watching for the earliest warning signs of developing issues as well. In addition to a visual scan, the dentist will gather digital x-ray images. A digital x-ray uses a fraction of the radiation of typical systems, up to 90% less. The images don’t need to be developed, and instead will be available instantly chair side. The dentist can walk you through the diagnostic process and zoom in on possible areas of concern. We provide a diagnosis with greater precision and accuracy! This visit benefits people of all ages, from toddlers to adults, and should happen every six months.
Cleaning Your Teeth
During the same visit, our team will also clean the teeth. A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar from your smile, something brushing and flossing alone cannot do. We use a manual tool and an ultrasonic scaling device. We then polish your teeth. The procedure reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and also offers fresher breath and brighter teeth. Again, kids and adults alike benefit from this preventive visit, so be sure to schedule your next one soon!
What Do We Look For?
When we examine and clean your smile, we watch for the warning signs of tooth decay and dental infection. If possible, we like to identify and treat these concerns before you experience discomfort. We also look at the gums for warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease, as the advanced stages could increases the risk of tooth loss! For adults, we will look for the warning signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), and also screen once a year for oral cancer. If you have any questions about these preventive visits, or if you would like to schedule one for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Checkups and Cleanings?
We would like to help you maintain your healthiest possible smile with regular checkups and cleaning once every six months. To learn more about our general treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.