With proper care, you can safeguard your oral health and may even be able to keep your natural teeth for your whole life. Routine cleanings, flossing, fluoride, and even sealants can be helpful in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, such as halitosis (bad breath).

To stay on top of your oral health, regular dental cleanings and checkups are recommended twice a year. However, great oral care goes beyond the dentist’s office. Families can help build good teeth cleaning habits from a young age by teaching toddlers how to brush and floss as soon as they have teeth. The whole family should brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day, but if you truly want to be the best, you should brush after every meal.

Dental cleanings and checkups are known as preventative dental care because you are visiting with a professional frequently and without concern. These two checkups each year can help you stay ahead of problems and in full awareness of your health.

What To Expect During A Preventative Dental Care Visit

Our preventative care appointments are straightforward and easy for the majority of patients. If you have an uneasy feeling about dentists that may keep you from visiting as frequently as you should, you may be interested in our sedation dentistry services.

Checkups

Our focus for each six-month checkup is to determine the overall health of your teeth and gums. We will carefully review your medical history, discuss your overall health, and stay abreast of any medications you take. With an oral cancer screening and tooth-by-tooth inspection, Dr. George can detect many dental problems in their early phase, when treatment is most conservative. Your jaw joints and occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together) are also vital to good oral health. Dr. George will assess these, as well as your head and neck, during dental checkups.

While it may seem out of ordinary to check the head and neck during a dental checkup, it can tell a lot about the general health of our patients. A quick head and neck check can help identify problems in the head, neck, and thyroid, including lumps and bumps that have grown or haven’t gone away. Identifying these can lead to spotting a cancerous growth. This is typically a quick but thorough examination that can provide a lot of telling information.

Cleanings

Dental cleanings are performed by one of our hygienists. The procedure involves removing plaque, tartar, and debris from teeth. By undergoing a dental cleaning every six months, and brushing and flossing daily, you’ll be doing your part to keep plaque and tartar under control. If you show signs of gum disease, a deep periodontal cleaning may be required to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Gum disease affects about 80 percent of Americans and is the main cause of tooth loss. It has also been linked to increased risk for stroke, heart attack, diabetes complications, low-weight births, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and some cancers.

This verifies that oral health is linked to overall health, which makes dental checkups and cleanings essential for living a long and healthy life – not just for keeping all of your teeth.

Mesquite Dental And Implant Center Is A Family Dentist

Dr. George loves that his practice is built for families. Not only does this save the parents from carting the whole family to different doctors, it helps him build better treatment plans by knowing how some genetic conditions parents may carry can affect children. The family community is very important to Mesquite Dental and Implant Center, and we invite you to join our family today.

If you want quality family dentistry, look no further. Dr. Varghese George delivers compassionate, professional dental care. Make your appointment now for a healthy, winning smile. Our office serves families from Mesquite, Garland, Balch Springs, Rowlett, Forney, and the East Dallas area.