Don’t Put Off Your Next Checkup

richfield checkup visitHave you scheduled your first checkup visit of 2021 yet? We suggest people of all ages see the dentist at least once every six months. These checkups benefit kids and adults alike, helping us keep your smile strong and whole. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist explains why a simple exam is so vital for your oral health.

The Exam

Every six months, we want to see you for a checkup. When you sit down, we will take a detailed look at your teeth, gums, roots, and oral structures. We know how to pinpoint problem areas in the earliest stages, and attending the visit regularly means a better chance at an early diagnosis and treatment before you experience discomfort. Our team will watch for issues like tooth decay, and could catch this in the earliest stages of demineralization. We also watch for infection, gingivitis, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). Remember, the earlier we diagnose an issue, the sooner we treat it, and the less likely you will need an extensive solution.

Digital X-Rays

How do we take make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision? We use advanced digital technology. With digital x-rays, we use 90% less radiation to create images instantly chairside, walking you through the entire diagnostic process and helping you better understand what is going on with your smile. We don’t need to develop them in harsh chemicals, which is better for the environment and also saves you time in the chair.

Oral Cancer Screenings

We also screen for oral cancer once a year for adults. A screening is vital, as each year at least 53,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer, and of that number, over half will die in just five years. The reason for the high mortality rate? The disease is rarely caught in early stages, but an annual screening means catching it earlier and increasing the likelihood of a full recovery!

Dental Cleanings

We also take time to clean your smile during this appointment. A cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. Removing the buildup not only decreases the risk of cavities and gum disease, but also helps prevent bad breath and fights teeth stains. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry then contact our team today, we would love to help you enjoy a better smile in 2021!

Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Talks Dental Checkups

At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, we keep a close eye on your oral health with our preventive visits. To find out more about keeping teeth and gums strong and healthy, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.