brighton examWe want you to enjoy your summer with a bright and shining smile, and that starts with a simple checkup and cleaning visit. With these preventive visits, we can start you on the path toward a healthy and beautiful smile. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentist discusses the benefits of a dental checkup.

The Dental Checkup Process

The dental exam should happen every six months. That is because the serious issues that can threaten your smile and cause discomfort, such as tooth decay and gum disease, don’t form overnight. A visit every few months means we can catch these issues in the early stages, treating or managing them before they impact smile stability. The process is simple. Our team will carefully examine your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can obtain clear and detailed images of your smile and then conduct a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. We look for issues like tooth decay and gum disease, as well as infection, gingivitis, TMJ disorder, and bruxism.

Screening for Oral Cancer

Our team also screens for oral cancer! According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 53,000 will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and of that number, half will succumb to the disease in just five years. The main factor behind the high mortality rate is that the disease is rarely caught in the early stages. But with a screening during your checkup, we can examine your smile with advanced technology for signs of cancerous or precancerous tissues. From there, you can undergo a biopsy and discuss treatment with specialists, increasing your chances of a full recovery. Remember, warning signs could include sores, lesions, red and white splotches, and rough patches in your mouth that don’t heal after two weeks. Don’t ignore these possible symptoms, let us know right away!

Dental Cleanings

In the same visit as your checkup, we will also conduct a treatment that can lower the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. With a dental cleaning, we can remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. We then polish the teeth to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to adhere to the teeth, and to brighten your smile.

If you have any questions about how we protect smiles with a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more.

Talk to Brighton Family Dental About a Preventive Visit

We want to help you maintain a bright and healthy smile with our routine checkups and cleanings, so see us soon. Learn more about our preventive dental treatments by giving us a call at Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210.