You may be wondering, why is it essential to keep regular dental care appointments? Especially when you are not suffering from any niggling dental problems, like tooth pain or sensitivity. At Shepherd Dental, we encourage patients to undertake regular dental care as it will allow us to make sure that their teeth and gums remain healthy, strong, and free of diseases.
What Is Included in Routine Dental Care?
We will begin your regular dental checkup by performing a comprehensive head and neck exam, including the neck, face, jaw joints, and lymph nodes. We will be looking for any inflammations or abnormalities.
Next, we will carry out an in-depth exam of your teeth, gums, lips, and the entire oral cavity. This will involve looking for cavities, tooth decay, gum diseases, damaged and loose teeth, tongue anomalies, declining fillings, and unaligned bite. We might take X-rays for a more detailed view of your mouth.
And lastly, a meticulous teeth cleaning is performed. This cleaning is helpful to eliminate bacterial growth in your mouth and avert dental issues such as gum diseases and cavities. We will remove the plaque and tartar buildup during cleanings, scrub the gums, and polish any other dental restorations.
Why Is it Important to Consult Your Dentist Regularly?
Avert Cavities and Tooth Decay
A dedicated oral hygiene routine may not be sufficient to ward off cavities and tooth decay. In the future, the cavities can result in tooth decay and even tooth loss. These problems can be avoided through regular dental care appointments.
Identify Gum Diseases
Gum disease can be identified before it advances into a full-scale periodontal disease. Routine dental care visits will ensure that all gum infections and diseases are treated promptly.
Oral Cancer Screening
We will conduct an oral cancer screening during your routine dental care appointments. A checkup will help detect any irregularity in its initial stages. The early identification of oral cancer broadens your treatment options and increases the possibility of making a good recovery before the condition changes to an advanced stage.
Detect Underlying Oral Issues
The X-rays taken during your routine checkups will help us check for problems beneath the surface of the gums and jawbone. This enables us to detect oral issues like jawbone density loss, impacted teeth, cysts, tumors, or other life-threatening problems that will otherwise not be noticed during a regular visual examination.
At Shepherd Dental at 235 E Hildebrand Ave #100, San Antonio, TX 78212, we can help extend solutions to improve your oral health while transforming your smile. Call us at (210) 820-0400 and schedule a dental care appointment.