Did you know most dental conditions begin as silent manifestations of bacterial growth? Imagine tooth decay; it doesn’t usually cause discomfort until the bacteria reach the dentin (second or inner layer of your tooth). Prior to the sensitivity, the bacteria flourish on your teeth and below your gumline as plaque, advancing into tartar(hardened plaque) and further if left untreated. Also, gum disease is similar. Early signs such as tenderness, swelling, and the bleeding of your gums don’t usually cause discomfort, but these are signs of gum infection. A trained professional in family dentistry, Dr. Wright encourages you to schedule and attend six month dental checkups to ensure the longevity of your dental health.
Questions And Answers
Question: Why are dental checkups important?
Answer: First, a checkup allows for your doctor to examine the teeth, gums, and surrounding soft tissues of your mouth, identifying any issues if they exist. Also, Dr. Wright may take x-rays to determine the presence of cavities, cracks, chips, or fractures not seen by the naked eye. He may also screen for oral cancer.
Question: Why are cleanings important?
Answer: Cleanings are important to your preventive dental care efforts. Brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses at home may reduce a high percentage of bacteria in your mouth, but there are still regions you may miss. A professional cleaning will reduce the presence of bacteria even further, assisting with the retention of a beautiful, healthy smile.
Questions: How often should a dental checkup be attended?
Answer: Dr. Wright recommends six month checkups and cleanings to ensure optimum oral health
Question: Should children attend checkups and cleanings?
Answer: Yes. Your child’s oral development begins at about six months old (when the primary teeth begin to erupt), and continues into their early twenties. Maintaining your child’s oral health early on proves paramount to their oral health later in life.
About Dr. Wright
As a native Texan, Greg Wright DDS opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.