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Dental Checkups & Cleanings Keep Austin Smiling

Woman flossing teethAll 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 7 to 97 — 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 issues may require more frequent visits. Dr. Fan will determine how frequently you should come into our Austin, TX dental practice based on your smile needs.

During the cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar buildup that has formed since your last visit. When you take care of 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.

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.

During the six month exam, Dr. Fan does a tooth-by-tooth examination of your smile, looking for areas 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.