Dental Checkups and Cleanings – Katy, TX
Removing Plaque and Finding Cavities
It’s important to brush and floss every day, but even with excellent oral care, you should never forget to put regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings on your schedule. These visits can ultimately save you a lot of time and trouble down the road by treating cavities and gum disease early on – or ideally, making sure they never happen in the first place! At the Dental People, our general dentist Dr. Siu, along with specialists Dr. Hoang and Dr. Boldridge, will make sure your smile stays healthy; contact us for an appointment today.
Why Choose The Dental People for Dental Checkups and Cleanings?
- Open six days a week, sometimes as late as 6:00 pm
- Caring, patient-focused dentists
- Comfortable, spa-like amenities
How Often Do You Need a Dental Checkup?
Keeping your mouth healthy and clean is a full-time endeavor, and it’s important for your dentist to make sure that you’re on the right track. For this reason, the American Dental Association usually recommends having a checkup every 6 months – or in other words, twice a year. Some patients may actually need more frequent appointments depending on the state of their oral health; smokers, for example, are at a particularly high risk of gum disease and will need additional treatment on a regular basis. Talk to us about the state of your oral health; we’ll make sure you’re getting the right amount of care.
The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings
The bacteria in your mouth are a constant threat; consuming too much sugar can cause them to secrete an acid that eats away at the enamel of your teeth. If the resulting cavity isn’t filled in time, the bacteria will work their way to the pulp. The result will be a very painful toothache, and with enough time the infection could even spread to other parts of the body.
Your gums are at risk as well; if they become infected, you could suffer from serious tooth loss. Gum disease is also associated with heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s and respiratory infections.
Of course, regular brushing and flossing are an important part of keeping bacteria levels in your mouth under control, but you can easily miss a few areas without realizing it. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are the best way to make sure potential oral health problems are found and removed as soon as possible.
What Happens During Your Appointment?
During your checkup, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth for issues. We’ll look for signs of gum disease (bleeding, swelling, redness) as well as loose, damaged or broken teeth. This is also a good opportunity to make sure your bite is properly aligned and that any dental appliances are still in good shape. Your checkup will also include an oral cancer screening; we’ll look for swollen lymph nodes and discolored patches that could signal the presence of a life-threatening disease.
During a cleaning, your dentist or oral hygienist will thoroughly remove any plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums. We’ll then polish your pearly whites, leaving them glistening and making it harder for bacteria to reattach to the surface. And of course, we won’t forget to clean the gaps between each and every one of your teeth.