Prevention and early detection are two vital parts of maintaining your optimal oral health. With teeth cleaning and dental exams, our dentist in Sugar Land can ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and strong. And if there is an issue to address, such as a cavity, it’s important to treat it now before it grows larger. Our dental exam includes a checking of your teeth, gums, and occlusion (bite), as well as a screening for oral cancer. It’s thorough and complete, because your well-being is our highest priority.
Our dentist in Sugar Land will do a visual inspection of your mouth, checking physically for loose teeth, fillings, or restorations. Looking at your gums will reveal any issues such as redness or irritation that may indicate gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. Are your jaws lined up properly and working in sync with each other? You will find out as part of your exam. X-rays, of course, provide a view of your teeth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Even small cavities can be found this way. If not filled in a timely fashion, a cavity will grow and that increases your risk of an infection occurring in the pulp of your tooth, the need for root canal therapy, or a possible tooth extraction.
Plaque, and its hardened form tartar, are the enemies of your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing rids you of most of the plaque that forms in your mouth, but it can evade the reach of your efforts and harden. Once that happens, only a professional cleaning like we do here can remove it. And eradicating plaque and tartar is the best way to prevent future cavities and gum disease. It’s like hitting the reset button on the health of your teeth and gums.
Finally, oral cancer, just as cancer in any part of your body, has the best odds of positive outcomes when it is detected early. Due to the effects of smoking or smokeless tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and sun exposure on your lips, you can be at higher risk of developing oral cancer. If any indications are found, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist for follow-up. As you can see, twice-yearly visits to our dentist in Sugar Land is an essential part of a smart strategy for oral health.