In our last blog, we looked at how a cleaning protects smiles of all ages. But in the same visit we offer something just as important: We offer an exam! Dental examinations and oral cancer screenings are essential for preventing minor issues from threatening smiles. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist talks about our checkup visits.
Your dental exam is a chance for our team to monitor your smile. Serous oral health problems take months to develop, which is why a visit every six months helps us always catch them in the earliest stages, when they require less extensive treatments. We will sit you down and use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to take clear and detailed looks at your smile, with images available instantly chairside. We can then identify the earliest stages of cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease, so we can begin treating or managing these issues to safeguard your smile’s health, function, and beauty. We also clean the teeth afterward, which removes all the plaque and tartar buildup that could use cavities and periodontal issues.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer has a high mortality rate, with most people diagnosed succumbing to it in just five years. But this is often because the disease is barely caught in the earliest stages. But with a screening every year, we can catch this early and refer you to a specialist for a biopsy or to begin treatment. Over 53,000 people will be diagnosed this year, and catching it early is essential for increasing the chances of a full recovery.
Better Oral Health Habits
In between these visits, you can take action to keep your smile strong and healthy. For example, avoiding tobacco products that increase the risk of cancer, bad breath, and teeth stains. Wear a mouthguard to limit injury if you play sports or martial arts. Try eating healthy food items and cut back on sugar and starch, as this helps lower the risk of cavities and gum disease. Drink more water instead of soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks, which could cause cavities. Finally, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss every evening, as this removes trapped food particles and lowers the risk of poor oral health.
If you have any questions about our exams or about how to keep smiles strong and healthy at home, then contact our team today. We would also love to help schedule a checkup for you or a member of your family.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist About Preventive Dentistry
Regular preventive care could help you maintain good oral health. If you would like to find out how to safeguard your oral health, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.