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Dental Checkups and Cleanings – South Austin, TX

The Foundation for Strong, Healthy Smiles

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All healthy smiles are built on a foundation of prevention, and that goes beyond regular brushing and flossing at home. Dr. Jack Fan and our team recommend that patients of all ages — from 2 to 92 — come in for a checkup and cleaning every six months. People who are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health issues may require more frequent visits. Your dentist in South Austin will determine how frequently you should come into our practice based on your smile needs.

Keep Your Smile Bright with a Cleaning

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During the cleaning portion of your visit, we remove plaque and tartar buildup that has formed since your last appointment. When you brush and floss your teeth like you should at home, this portion of the visit will be a breeze. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, and when it’s not removed with good dental hygiene, it turns into tartar — a hard, yellow substance that can only be removed with special tools. Since high levels of plaque increase your risk of cavities and oral infections, it needs to be removed at regular intervals.

As we clean, your dental hygienist will also take notes on the health of your gums to determine the need for gum disease therapy. Pockets between the teeth and gums indicate infection — and once the pockets reach a certain depth, nonsurgical treatment known as scaling and root planing may be recommended to kill bacteria and heal infection.

Detect and Treat Problems with a Checkup

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During the six-month exam, Dr. Fan does a tooth-by-tooth examination of your smile, looking for signs of decay, broken dental work, and even the irregularities that could indicate oral cancer. If there are any areas of concern, we will put together a treatment plan to help you enjoy full smile health as soon as possible.

The Importance of These Visits

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Routine checkups allow us to address oral health issues in the early stages. Not only does this prevent them from causing pain later on down the road, but it can even save you money! For instance, if we catch a small cavity during your checkup, we can treat it while all it requires is a filling. Were you to wait until the cavity progressed further and started hurting, you might need a more extensive procedure like a root canal. These treatments are often much pricier than fillings.

Cleanings are just as crucial in the long run. Built-up levels of plaque and tartar contribute to gum disease, which can wreak havoc on your general health. It has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and more. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year can greatly prevent these medical issues from developing.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

When was the last time you saw a dentist for a checkup and cleaning? If you can’t remember, then it has been far too long. Contact The Dental Centre today to ensure the health of your smile tomorrow.