Prevention is the key to enjoying lifelong good dental health and an attractive smile. It is crucial that you not only practice good home care by brushing and flossing regularly but that you visit the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.
Regular checkups and x-rays enable us to detect—and treat—dental problems in their earliest stages. This means less time in the dental chair and less money out of your wallet.
Having a healthy mouth is an important part of keeping your entire body well. At Radiant Smiles Family Dental, we look forward to helping you and your family enjoy good oral health for a lifetime.
Coming to our office twice each year gives Dr. Yuchen Sheng the opportunity to examine your teeth and gums. We also recommend x-rays at least once a year so that Dr. Sheng can see what is happening beyond what is visible to the naked eye. In addition, we also conduct an oral cancer screening to check for abnormalities in your mouth.
Because you cannot have healthy teeth without healthy gums, we will also check on your gums. In many cases, people have gum disease and don’t know it because it often is present without any symptoms. The earlier we detect gum disease, the better our chances of reversing it.
If it has been a while since your last dental exam, rest assured that there will be no judgments from us. We are just happy to help get you back on track to good oral health.
Routine Dental Cleanings
Having regular dental cleanings ensure no plaque and stains stay on your teeth for an extended period of time, which can lead to a more severe form of periodontal disease. Even if you brush and floss daily, plaque and tartar will still build up on your teeth. Please note that tartar is impossible to remove at home.
A routine cleaning starts with our dental hygienist using special tools to remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth. Next, we’ll use a special polish to clean teeth and eliminate surface stains. We also use an air polisher for the toughest stains. A thorough flossing will follow—and you will be able to enjoy teeth that feel smooth and clean.
Gum disease is an insidious condition that many people are unaware they have. It often starts with no symptoms whatsoever, and by the time you start having symptoms such as bleeding or swollen gums or pockets of pus, it could already be in its advanced stages.
Early-stage gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. While it won’t go away on its own, with treatment, we can reverse gum disease at this stage.
Late-stage gum disease, periodontitis, is not curable but it can be managed with periodontal therapy. For those who have gum disease, we will usually recommend a more frequent maintenance schedule.
Call to Schedule Your Next Routine Checkup and Cleaning
Whether you are due for a routine cleaning and checkup or it’s simply been a while since your last visit to the dentist, call us for an appointment. We look forward to helping you enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.