Now is a great time to schedule a visit for a checkup! We want to see you every few months to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, and that you receive any treatments needed to avoid cavities and dental disease. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist wants to explain why you should always schedule your checkup and cleaning visits.
When to See Our Team
We want to see you at least once every six months. Common oral health issues like tooth decay and periodontal disease take several months to form, so routine visits mean we can catch these problems in the earliest stages. Treatment then corrects them before they have a chance to cause discomfort and lead to other complications for your smile. If you haven’t had an appointment since the pandemic started, now is a great time to see us. Vaccinations rates are increasing and we’re still practicing strict health and safety measures to protect our patients and team members!
An Exam with Digital Technology
The checkup involves using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to gather detailed images of your teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures. The images let us make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision. Since we use digital technology, the images will be available instantly chairside, so our team can talk to you about your smile and help you understand your oral health better. The exam lets us watch for signs of tooth decay, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We also look for indicators of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). An oral cancer screening is also administered every year too.
Cleaning Your Smile
During the same visit, our team will remove all harmful plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. The cleaning process uses an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, and the process only takes a short period. The cleaning helps lower the risk of teeth stains, bad breath, cavities, and even periodontal disease. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, we may suggest one every three to four months.
Better Care at Home
We would also love to talk to you about keeping smiles healthy at home in between checkups and cleanings. You should continue to brush your teeth daily in the morning and again at night, and floss every evening too. These actions limit the severity of plaque buildup until we can see you again. If you have any questions about our six-month visits, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Smiles Healthy?
We would like to help you and your family continue to enjoy strong smiles. To learn more about our general and preventive treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.