When was the last time you scheduled your checkup? A dental exam helps protect smiles of all ages, and allows you to maintain good oral health. In today’s blog, your Conroe, TX, dentist talks about why a smile needs a checkup, and what to expect from your next visit!
What Our Checkup Looks For
When we look at your smile, we don’t just perform a visual exam, we also employ advanced imaging technology, including digital x-rays that use a fraction of the radiation that traditional options do! This enables us to diagnose issues in the earliest stages, often before you experience discomfort. For example, our checkups will look for issues like tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We watch for signs of wear and friction that could point to the presence of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The earlier we diagnose these concerns, the sooner we can treat them, protecting your smile from worsening pain or even tooth loss. In the same visit, we will also clean the teeth to remove harmful layers of plaque and tartar, lowering the risk of cavities and periodontal issues.
Oral Cancer Screening
We also perform an oral cancer screening for adults too! The recovery rate of oral cancer is 80% if the disease is caught in the early stages. But since it rarely is, usually 50% of those diagnosed will succumb to it in just five years., Which is why seeing us for an exam and screening every six months is so important. We can use imaging technology to identify cancerous or precancerous areas early, so you can receive a biopsy and be referred for treatment. Be sure to let us know if you notice sores, lesions, or areas of red and white splotches in your mouth that don’t heal after two weeks. Sudden changes to your voice, hoarseness, or sore throats that last over two weeks are a cause for concern too.
In addition to the digital x-rays we discussed above, we can use intraoral cameras or obtain detailed images instantly chairside of your smile. We also gather 3D images as well, which combined with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras enable us to make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision! If you haven’t had a checkup in a while, then contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you obtain a strong and healthy smile, and we offer these preventive visits for people of all ages, so your entire family can see us for a checkup and a dental cleaning.
Schedule Your Dental Exam Today
Contact The Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX by calling 936-441-4600 to learn more about how preventive dentistry helps you, and give our team a call today to schedule your next appointment.