Have you and your family had your smile examined and cleaned by your Tucson, AZ, dentist recently? These preventive treatments are crucial, even if you brush and floss daily. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a closer look at our routine exams and dental cleanings, to help you understand why they’re necessary to ensure you and your family enjoy optimal oral health.
The Importance of a Checkup for All Ages
The first checkup for children happens at around age one. Routine visits every six months should occur at around age three. For everyone else, visits every six months are crucial for allowing us to monitor your smile’s health, looking for the warning signs of a number of serious issues, including tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, gum disease, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and even oral cancer. The earlier we uncover a problem, the sooner we can implement treatment to help you maintain a healthy smile. If you haven’t seen us in a while, especially if you notice aches or sensitivity in your teeth or bleeding in your gums, then please see us right away.
Protecting Your Smile with a Cleaning
Every six months we will also clean your teeth, a process that employs a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth. A bacterial byproduct, plaque actually weakens tooth enamel and inflames gum tissue, increasing the risk of cavities and infections, as well as gingivitis and gum disease. When we remove the buildup and polish your teeth, we also help brighten your smile and stop bad breath. These visits benefit people of all ages.
Oral Hygiene From Home
To maintain optimal oral health, you need to see us every six months for routine care, and you also need to brush and floss your smile at home. Proper care means brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Flossing before going to bed removes the bits of food stuck between teeth, which a toothbrush alone cannot reach. Other homecare tips include cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, and avoiding tobacco products. If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.
READY TO SET UP A CHECKUP?
With an exam and cleaning, we can help you and your family enjoy healthier smiles. For more information on our general and preventive treatment options, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.