What Goes On In Your Six-Month Checkup?

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It goes without saying that restorative dentistry is a lifesaver when it comes to managing infection and prioritizing your oral health. What’s more? It makes it possible to extend the lifespan of your grin, allowing for a strong and protected smile for life. Still though, while restorative dentistry is helpful after an infection has set in, nothing quite tops the role that preventive dentistry plays in a strong, resilient grin. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS prosthodontist discusses the importance of a well-rounded preventive routine, as well as why you should not skip your six-month dental checkups.

Examining for Signs of Damage

While you may be doing your part to brush your teeth at home, a lifelong smile is only achievable through a well-rounded preventive dental routine. This process consists of brushing and flossing at home, paying mind to the negative effects certain foods and beverages have on your smile, and of course, attending routine office visits.

Indeed, falling short in any one of these categories could be enough to invite harmful bacteria and other infections to wreak havoc on your grin. In order to prevent this from occurring, diligence and consistency are necessary when taking care of your teeth.

When you come in for your routine checkup, our team takes care to thoroughly examine your oral cavity for any signs of damage, trauma, decay, and infection. What’s more? This visit is more than just a cavity hunt, and we take care to check your teeth, gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, the roof of the mouth, the floor of the mouth, and throat. To learn more about the examination portion of your checkup, reach out to our team today.

Removing Difficult Plaque Deposits

In addition to your examination, our team provides a professional cleaning during your routine checkup. We begin by gently scaling away deposits of bacteria-laden plaque that may have nestled in-between the teeth and the gum line. Over time, these deposits continue to build up and calcify, making it even more difficult to remove them the longer you wait.

After removing the plaque or tartar buildup, we will rinse your mouth and polish your teeth so that future bacterial attachment becomes difficult to accomplish. For more information about these steps, reach out to our team today.

Screening for Oral Cancer

Whether you are aware of it or not, your checkup can include a number of other aspects to address any concerns you have. For example, our team may provide a simple oral cancer screening to ensure that your tissues are healthy. This is important, as oral cancer can affect anyone at any time, and it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Learn More Today

Contact Dr. Stuart Dexter, Prosthodontist in Prairie Village, KS by calling 913-362-8200 to learn more about the importance of your preventive checkup, or schedule your next visit with our team today.