The American Dental Association recommends a checkup for people of all ages about once every six months. We agree, and employ advanced technology to provide our North Hollywood, CA, patients with an accurate and precise diagnostic screening. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the benefits of a checkup, and discuss the technology we use during these visits.
When Do I Need a Checkup?
You need a checkup every six months, which allows us to monitor your smile regularly, spotting problems in the earliest possible stages. If you have high risk factors for gum disease and other serious oral health concerns, then you may benefit from one every three to four months instead. The first checkup should happen at around age one, and six-month visits should start at around age two. When we look at your smile, we want to examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay and infection, or wear and friction that could point to teeth grinding. The gums could exhibit warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease, or the presence of a gummy smile. We also watch for TMJ disorder and oral cancer as well.
Digital X-Rays and More
First, we will offer a digital x-ray. These don’t require lengthy development periods in harsh chemicals and are available instantly chairside. They also use up to 80% less radiation. We can walk you through the diagnostic process, explaining the state of your oral health and what treatments will be necessary to prevent complications. If we need to design a restoration, such as a crown or veneer, or to create an oral appliance to treat TMJ disorder and bruxism, we will use digital images to design a 3D model and design appliances that fit comfortably.
Cleaning Your Teeth
As part of your exam, we will also clean your teeth. Using an ultrasonic scaling device or a manual tool, we will remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. The process reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, safeguarding your smile and also improving the brightness of the teeth and the freshness of the breath in the process. If you would like to schedule an exam and cleaning visit for you or a member of your family, then please contact our team today. We would love to start you on the road to a healthier smile!
Ready for a Diagnostic Screening?
If you have a smile in need of a checkup, then please schedule your need exam and screening. For more information on our preventive treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.