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Preventive Care & Cleanings in San Antonio

Why are routine dental examinations so important? Because preventive care enables the dentist to identify and treat tooth decay, gum disease, and soft tissue disease in its earliest stages, which is better for all patients, in terms of treatment options and saving them money!

Stay on top of tooth decay by visiting the practice regularly to maintain excellent oral health and a beautiful smile.

Routine Dental Maintenance Prevents Costly Future Treatments!

Checking woman's teethHere’s an example that compares routine car maintenance to routine dental care and why it’s so important!

An automobile manufacturer recommends that a person have their engine oil changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Let’s say they wait until it’s now 10,000 miles between oil changes. What might the consequences be?

There will be additional wear and tear on the car for sure. the oil will get dirtier and dirtier causing a build-up of sludge in the engine. When done too often, the engine parts could wear prematurely, and replacing them or getting a new transmission is very costly, compared to the price of an oil change.

The same can be said for the teeth – if someone lets routine dental care slide, say for a year or more, they could wind up needing more costly and more serious “repairs” than would have been necessary had they stayed on schedule! Call the practice today to make an appointment, especially if it’s been awhile!

What Does a Routine Dental Examination Include?

A routine dental examination usually begins with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums to remove plaque build-up, tartar, and stains. Having the teeth cleaned regularly helps to prevent periodontal (gum) disease that can cause major dental problems, including loss of teeth, if left undetected and untreated.

Next, the dentist will do a thorough soft tissue examination, using both a visual and tacticle inspection, to detect changes in the soft tissue lining on the inside of your mouth. Any changes might confirm the presence of a benign, pre-cancerous or cancerous condition that could require immediate attention.

The dentist will also perform a periodontal screening to check the gums for any sign of gum disease. It is important to detect gum disease in its earliest stages to achieve the best results.

Routine dental exams also include a visual inspection of each tooth surface to identify new areas of decay and to check teeth that may have had prior restorations.

X-rays will also be performed as appropriate to help identify any issues between teeth, or those which may not be clearly visible during the exam.

How Often Should A Person Come in for Routine Care?

All patients visit the office every 6 months for a routine exam and teeth cleaning. However, there are some cases where more frequent visits will be necessary for optimal dental health.

There are some reasons that warrant a more aggressive routine dental appointment schedule. More frequent visits are usually advised when patients have an increased risk for oral disease based on age, pregnancy, heavy alcohol and/or tobacco usage, the presence of gum disease, or pre-existing health conditions (e.g., diabetes, frequent dry mouth, or a compromised immune system).

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