brighton checkup

We want to see you and your family for an exam at least once every six months. A dental checkup is the first step in keeping smiles whole and healthy, and ensuring good esthetics too. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists want to talk to you about the value of a checkup, and what to expect from your preventive visit.

The Importance of a Checkup

An exam means you come to our office and we examine your teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures for signs of trouble. The earlier we identify these issues, the sooner we provide treatment. For some, this means receiving care before uncomfortable symptoms can arise. We suggest these for people of all ages, and they should happen about once every six months. Our team will look for signs of tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and gum disease. We also screen for oral cancer once a year, and watch for the signs of wisdom tooth eruption, TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), and more.

Using Advanced Technology

How do we make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision? We use advanced technology. With a digital x-ray and intraoral camera, we obtain clear images of the teeth and gums, as well as the roots and oral structures beneath the gum tissues. The technology uses a fraction of the radiation the traditional x-rays use, and the images will be available instantly chairside. We then walk you through the diagnostic process, so you better understand your oral health and why your smile may need further care. If necessary, we then move forward with a personalized treatment plan.

Cleaning Your Teeth

Our team will also take time to thoroughly clean your teeth during this visit. A cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. Cleanings help fight bad breath, teeth stains, tooth decay, and even gum disease. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and smoother finish. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may suggest a cleaning and checkup visit every three to four months. If you have any questions about these preventive checkups, or if you would like to schedule one for you or a member of your family, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?

We want to make sure you continue to enjoy a strong and healthy smile all summer long. To learn more about our approach to preventive care, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brookline, Newton, and all surrounding communities.