For families in Olathe, KS, summer is an excellent time to undergo a routine dental checkup. Your children don’t have to worry about missing school or after-school conflicts, and you can make sure they’re ready for the upcoming school year with a healthier and brighter smile. Let’s talk about why we suggest making time for a summer checkup.
The Dental Exam
A dental exam involves the dentist carefully looking at your teeth and gums, often employing advanced technology in the process. The goal is to understand the state of your oral health and identify possible problems in the earliest stages. By identifying them early, we can offer treatment before they require more extensive solutions. For example, treating a burgeoning cavity with a filling instead of waiting until a crown or root canal is necessary. We look for signs of cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and even jaw joint disorders, such as TMD and bruxism. For grownups, we also screen for oral cancer. An exam is necessary for people of all ages!
We don’t just look at your smile, we also clean it! A dental cleaning involves using a manual tool and ultrasonic scaler to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. Removing plaque reduces the risk of cavities and periodontal issues, while also offering fresher breath and brighter teeth. We suggest regular cleanings for patients ages three and up.
We also want to discuss proper homecare. Caring for your smile from home, combined with routine office visits, helps preserve the health and beauty of your smile, whether you’re a child, teen, or adult. You should brush in the morning for two minutes. We suggest a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid inadvertently damaging enamel. People ages three and older should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. People also need to brush again before going to bed that night. Flossing is vital as well. As soon as you have teeth sitting side-by-side, you need to floss before bed. This reaches the food particles stuck between teeth, which a toothbrush may not be able to do. Along with brushing and flossing, consider cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, as healthy foods and snacks can promote healthier smiles. If you have any questions about our summer checkups and cleanings, or if you have questions about homecare for your family, then contact our team today.
Ready for Your Checkup?
Be sure to see us this summer so we can examine and clean you and your family’s smiles. For more information on our approach to preventive and family dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.