You know it’s time for your next dental cleaning and exam. It’s been at least six months (or maybe a bit longer in some cases).
Regardless, we hope you will contact our dentist office if you live in or near San Antonio, TX. Preventive care is the best approach to your oral health, which is why we stress this as part of our general dentistry.
While we are happy that our dentists are able to help patients with a wide range of problems, we also know that your oral health is better if you can stop these issues before they develop.
Cleanings & Exams
If you are new to San Antonio or new to our practice, we conduct a thorough dental exam as part of your initial visit.
We want to get a feel for your current oral health. We keep a close watch for any potential problems. Our intention isn’t to find flaws. Our goal is to help you have the healthiest mouth possible.
We take X-rays to more closely evaluate the alignment of your teeth and jaw. We check for signs of TMJ disorders. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. Problems in this part of your mouth can develop from tooth grinding and lead to recurring headaches, earaches, and jaw pains.
Our professionals will check your head and neck as part of an oral cancer screening. This is something we certainly don’t want to find. Yet, we know that early detection can be invaluable if treatment is necessary.
Of course, we also will check for more common concerns like tooth decay and gum disease. If we notice anything, we will let you know and discuss our suggestions for getting rid of them.
A professional dental cleaning will remove any plaque or tartar buildup in your mouth. We’ll follow this with a polish so your teeth will look as good as they can.
If you are interested in any of our cosmetic or restorative services, this visit is a great time to discuss your goals with one of our dentists. Together, you can develop a game plan to create your dream smile.
Added Protection For Your Smile
In addition to our routine cleanings and exams, we also offer dental sealants for our patients.
Sealants are like armor for your most vulnerable teeth. They serve as a barrier between the chewing surface of your molars (the larger, flatter teeth in the back of your mouth) and bacteria.
The bacteria that cause tooth decay and cavities live in your mouth. They feed on sugars in the foods that you eat. Since you chew with your molars, that food is more likely to stick to those teeth.
The best time to apply sealants is during your visit for a dental cleaning. When we know the plaque and tartar have been removed, the sealants can be painted onto your teeth. When the sealants harden, they will protect your teeth without interfering with how you eat.
For a relatively small cost, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing cavities.
The Extra Benefits Of Fluoride
You are probably already aware that the American Dental Association recommends using toothpaste with fluoride. But do you know why?
Fluoride is a mineral, and it can help to rebuild and strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Every day, those bacteria we mentioned earlier are trying to eat away at your teeth. This process, called demineralization, can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
You can stop that and even reverse it in the early stages through remineralization, which occurs when fluoride is applied directly to your teeth.
We can give your teeth a boost with our fluoride trays or a fluoride varnish. This helps your teeth repair themselves and helps to keep your teeth free from cavities.
We hope to see you at Advanced Dental Associates soon for a dental cleaning and exam. While you are here, it’s a great opportunity to ask about and get dental sealants and fluoride treatments, too.
Contact us online or call 210-819-5233 to schedule your first or your next dental exam.