Checkups & Cleanings – San Antonio, TX
Help Your Smile Last a Lifetime With Regular Care
Most people would agree that preventing dental problems from developing is significantly easier than having to treat them after they begin causing you pain or discomfort. That’s why your dentist in San Antonio focuses on providing each patient that walks through our doors with high-quality, thorough, and individualized preventive checkups and cleanings every six months. By being diligent about scheduling your visit with us every six months, you can spend less time and money at the dentist’s office and more time doing activities you love! If it’s been over six months since you’ve last had a checkup and cleaning, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
Why are Checkups & Cleanings Important?
Patients often wonder why it’s necessary to see a dentist every six months if they brush and floss their teeth at home every day. The answer is that there are hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of your mouth that can collect plaque, tartar, and food debris, causing issues like cavities and gum disease. We’re equipped with special gadgets, including a dental scaler and mirror, that can clear all of these harmful substances from the surface of your teeth and below the gumline to improve your dental health.
Regular professional cleanings and checkups can also help reduce your risk of developing serious medical conditions connected to gum disease, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and respiratory infections. Even if you aren’t in pain, it’s best that you don’t put off scheduling your appointment for a thorough examination and cleaning. That way, we can diagnose and treat any lingering problems before they have a chance to cause you discomfort down the road.
Getting a Dental Checkup
The first part of your appointment will be your dental checkup. Our goal is to be as thorough as possible to ensure that no area of your mouth goes overlooked. That’s why we use the latest dental technology, including digital X-rays and VELscope oral cancer detection. With these tools we can quickly diagnose and spot signs of harmful oral conditions.
After asking you about your medical and oral history, we’ll capture X-rays of your mouth if you haven’t had one in awhile. With gloved hands, our dental professional will examine your gums and teeth, being on the lookout for common signs of gum disease or cavities. Finally, we’ll conduct a quick oral cancer screening with the VELscope. This is an FDA-approved examination tool that highlights precancerous and cancerous cells in the mouth to detect oral cancer earlier.
Having Your Teeth Cleaned By a Professional
After discussing any issues that we found and developing a treatment plan, we’ll continue to the next part of your appointment, the professional cleaning. Our dental hygienist will begin cleaning your mouth using a scaler, which is a curved tool that helps remove tartar and plaque from on and around your teeth and gums. Using a polisher and a special gritty substance called prophylaxis paste, we’ll remove surface stains from your teeth, making them appear cleaner and brighter. Finally, we’ll floss between each of your teeth to remove any lingering debris.
If you have any questions or would like recommendations for your oral health and hygiene, don’t hesitate to ask us! Our staff is friendly and loves providing our patients with the tools and techniques they need to maintain beautiful pearly whites for the rest of their lives.