Dental CHECK UP IN Allen
7:00am - 3:00pm
12:00pm - 7:00pm
7:00am - 3:00pm
Did you know that most dental problems do not cause pain? Only the very serious problems are detectable without a checkup exam. Regular dental checkups are the cornerstone to healthy living. With regular dental checkups, not only can you address problems before they get more serious, you can address them before they get more expensive.
Regular dental checkups in Allen are the cornerstone of healthy living. Dental disease is not painful unless inflammation and/or infection are present deep in the tooth or under the tooth in the jawbone. Once this happens infection can spread through the bloodstream to remote parts of the body and aggravate and worsen other disease processes such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer just to name a few. The good news is that dental disease can be isolated to just the tooth if caught early before it reaches deep into the tooth and has access to the blood supply of the tooth. Regular dental care can make your life so much easier as you age. The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment” is so true.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A DENTAL CHECKUP in ALLEN?
- The first thing that will happen is the dental hygienist will ask you if there is anything that is sensitive or bothering you to make sure we address your concerns first.
- Next, we will take a set of digital checkup x-rays to check areas of your teeth and mouth that cannot be seen, such as the areas of your teeth that are touching, the bone around your teeth, and what is hiding under the gums.
- Then, the teeth will be inspected carefully and photos of any problem areas are taken to aid in teaching tips and tricks to improve the effectiveness of your everyday routine.
- Finally, the dentist will examine your mouth and make any recommendations for making the problem areas healthy again.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A DENTAL CHECKUP
Everyone who has any teeth should have a dental checkup twice a year. Your teeth are used several times a day and if plaque or food lingers in an area for too long, the bacteria in your mouth will start to cause gum disease and tooth cavities which are softened areas of the teeth that can become holes that need to be cleaned out and filled in. If these areas are discovered early, it is very simple to treat them, but if they are not discovered until they cause pain, they are more difficult to treat in order to get your mouth healthy again.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A DENTAL CHECKUP?
The majority of people should have a dental checkup every 6 months. In 6 months' time, you have had approximately 550 meals, and even if you are flossing properly after every meal and using an electric toothbrush, you don’t want to take any chances after that much use. However, most people report that they do not floss regularly, and only about half report using an electric toothbrush, and since our teeth do not have good alarms to let you know when something is going wrong, it is wise to let the dentist take a look.
People with braces should be looked at more frequently, every 3 months because the braces give food and plaque more places to get caught and hang out longer, making these people at a higher risk for gingivitis and tooth decay.
People with a history of gum disease involving bone loss need to have a checkup every 3 months because the loss of bone leaves more hiding places for food and plaque to hang out and makes these people at a higher risk for further gum disease and tooth decay.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL CHECKUPS COST?
Did you know that a dental checkup can actually save you money? If a tooth cavity is caught early enough, it can be treated with a simple tooth filling that is 1/10 the cost of the root canal that will be needed to treat the tooth if you wait until it hurts to come in. Dental checkups are almost entirely covered by dental insurance. If you do not have dental insurance, we have an In-house dental saving membership that helps reduce the costs of dental checkups and treatment to make it affordable.