People of all ages need to have their teeth and gums regularly examined by the dentist, as these visits help prevent major complications and discomfort from issues like tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist will explain the benefits of a checkup for people of all ages, and what issues we look for when we examine your smile.
Checkups and Screenings for Adults
For grown-ups, we examine the smile to look for the warning signs of issues like tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and even gum disease. We also screen once a year for oral cancer, identifying possible cancerous and precancerous areas that may require a biopsy. The visit also involves looking at the teeth for signs of wear and friction, which could indicate issues like TMJ disorder or even chronic teeth grinding (bruxism). Since many of these oral health concerns take months to develop, a visit every six-months means they don’t have the opportunity to reach more advanced stages before we treat them, so you avoid painful symptoms.
Exams for Kids
We also suggest checkups for children too! The first visit should happen around age one, after the first primary tooth erupts. Afterward, we suggest a visit every six months starting around age two. Like with adults, we look for signs of tooth decay and infection, as well as gingivitis. Treating cavities, even in baby teeth, helps prevent infection and premature tooth loss, which in turn helps prevent misalignment. We make sure baby teeth fall out on schedule too! We could also discuss preventive treatments, such as fluoride varnish, which strengthens the outer enamel. Dental sealants could be placed onto the rear teeth too, which keeps food from becoming stuck between hard-to-reach teeth.
Whether you’re a kid or an adult, we also suggest a cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar from the smile. Even if you brush and floss regularly, this cannot remove bacterial buildup from your teeth. However, removing the buildup with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool helps ensure brighter teeth, fresher breath, and is a major factor in the prevention of tooth decay and periodontal issues too. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive exams and cleanings, or about if you would like to schedule a visit for you and your family, then contact our team today.
Ready for a Preventive Dental Visit?
We want to help kids of all ages, and grown-ups too, enjoy strong and healthy smiles with our preventive visits. To learn more about checkups and cleanings for children and adults, then please contact your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental today. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team.