Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings for a Beautiful Smile
Scheduling regular dental treatments will reduce your risk for cavities, gum disease, and related conditions. When you visit our practice, we will thoroughly clean your teeth of harmful bacteria and plaque, and Dr. Lo will check for the early signs of most dental health issues, like cavities and tooth decay. She can also treat the earliest stages of gum disease to prevent tooth loss and other serious concerns.
The Importance of Professional Cleanings
When harmful oral bacteria build up in your mouth, they form sticky plaque, and eventually harden into tartar. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing cannot eliminate tartar once it has calcified. As they remain on your teeth, the bacteria will interact with sugars, forming acid. The acid will erode your tooth enamel, and you will eventually develop a cavity. However, a dental professional can easily remove these substances with a quick and gentle cleaning. By making regular preventive appointments, you can dramatically reduce your risk for decay and other dental health issues.
Checkups Can Detect Early Symptoms
If you have not had a dental cleaning in some time, you may already have sustained some dental damage. For this reason, you should attend a visit at least once every six months, or more often if recommended. Typically, at every other appointment, she will take digital x-rays to check for issues that are not visible to the naked eye. Dr. Lo will also conduct a visual scan, looking for small sores, red patches, and other symptoms of oral cancer.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Your periodontal health is just as important as healthy teeth. Gum disease occurs when pockets of bacteria build up in your soft tissues. Eventually, you may experience tooth loss and other severe damage. Scaling and root planing with ultrasonic tools can eliminate bacterial pockets, and Dr. Lo may also recommend antibacterial gels or rinses to better combat harmful oral bacteria.