The health of your teeth and gums is primarily dependent on your at-home oral hygiene, but it is still important to see your dentist for general care at least twice per year, even if you have a perfect brushing and flossing routine. When you make general dentistry a priority for your smile, you can prevent serious dental problems and maintain more beautiful teeth and gums. At Aura Dental, you will find general and cosmetic dentistry services under one roof so that you are able to address all the needs of your smile in the comfort of a single practice. Below, you will get a closer look at the importance of general dentistry for patients of all ages.
Professional cleaning – One of your biannual cleanings may take place at the time of your checkup to help you save time. The hygienist will use specialized tools to reach areas between the teeth that you cannot reach with brushing and flossing. He or she will also polish your teeth and apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen the tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
Exam– During the exam itself, the dentist will look for any signs of decay on the surface of the teeth and measure the gum pockets to assess whether any degree of gum disease is present.
X-rays – Your dentist will also take X-rays to look at the roots of the teeth and jawbone. X-rays may reveal any damage that has taken place beneath the surface of the gums as well as wisdom teeth that may need to be extracted before they emerge.
Oral cancer screening – Finally, the dentist will look at the soft tissues of the mouth to identify any lesions that could indicate oral cancer
For the general dentistry care you need in Houston, you can count on our Dentists at Aura Dental. Our practice cares for children and adults with a number of options to enhance your smile, including sedation dentistry, laser gum therapy, pinhole surgical techniques, gum recession treatments and cosmetic dentistry.