How a Checkup Maintains Healthy Smiles

April 4, 2019

We offer preventive dentistry because we want to help people of all ages in Olathe, KS, enjoy healthy smiles. Routine care and preventive actions help limit the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other common oral health issues. In today’s blog, we’re explaining what makes a checkup so important for protecting your smile’s health, function, and beauty.

How Often Should You See the Dentist?

We suggest a visit for people ages three and up every six months, and the American Dental Association agrees. These two visits per year enables us to monitor your smile and identify problems in the earliest stages, offering treatment before more extensive (and expensive) solutions are required. If you have high risk factors for periodontal disease and other oral health issues, we may suggest visits every three to four months.

What Does the Dentist Look For?

During your checkup we use advanced technology to take a detailed look at your smile. We look at your teeth for signs of wear or friction, which could indicate TMJ disorder or bruxism. We also watch for areas indicative of tooth decay and infection. We will watch your gums for signs of redness, swelling, recession, or bleeding, as this could point to poor gum health, including gingivitis and gum disease. During your exam our team also looks at the oral tissues for possible signs of oral cancer, performing a through screening. By treating these issues early, you may avoid the onset of complications ranging from pain and negative cosmetic impacts to tooth loss and harmful impacts on quality of life.

Cleanings and Signs of Troubles

Your routine visit is also a chance for the dentist or hygienist to perform a dental cleaning. Using a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler, we will remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth, which protects the tooth enamel from erosion and safeguards the gum tissue against inflammation, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. You also enjoy fresher breath and brighter teeth. Remember, if in between your visits you begin to notice your gums feel sore or bleed easily, or your teeth develop aches and sensitivity, let us know. Discomfort is often a sign of oral health issues, and requires attention to protect your smile. To schedule a checkup and cleaning, please contact our team today. We’re ready to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health!

Does Your Family Need a Checkup?

We want to help you and your entire family enjoy healthy and attractive smiles with routine preventive care. To schedule a consultation and learn more about preventive dentistry, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.