When you feel like you have healthy teeth already, going to the dentist may feel redundant. You may have great oral hygiene and keep up with brushing and flossing. These are a great way to prevent many dental-related problems. However, many people do not know that routine checkups allow your dentist to see early signs of dental issues. At Riverside Dental Group in California, we are here today to tell you about what we look for during your biannual dentist visit.
During Your Cleaning
There is a reason why your teeth always feel exceptionally clean after a visit. During your dental cleaning, we will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that may be on your teeth. This is something that you are unable to do with a regular toothbrush. We will finish your cleaning with polish that leaves your pearly whites looking and feeling bright and smooth. This visit not only helps you look and feel better, but we also use this as an opportunity to look for early signs of problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and misalignment.
Detecting Early Problems
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that patients face. Even with good oral hygiene, you may still have decay on your tooth. By detecting the problem as early as possible, we can reverse or repair the problem. Fluoride treatment is one way to strengthen the enamel against cavity causing bacteria. If the decay has already spread, a filling can remove the damaged part of the tooth and restore your smile.
Detecting gum disease is especially important because your gum health is linked to the health of your heart. Depending on factors such as age, diet, oral hygiene, and more, you may be more susceptible to gingivitis. In the earliest stages, we can help repair this with a series of deep cleanings that can reach under your gum line. Doing this early helps reduce the chances of periodontal disease progressing.
Options For Cosmetic Treatments
If you have a perfectly healthy smile but still feel like the appearance is not where you would like it to be, you can speak with your dentist during a checkup to come up with a solution. You can talk to your dentist about misaligned or crooked teeth, a discolored smile, and other problems. Options such as Invisalign or braces can be used to straighten your teeth. For a brighter smile, your dentist could suggest professional whitening.
Call To Schedule Your Checkup Today
To schedule an appointment, call any of our dental offices near you:
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.