How can I keep my teeth for life?
Your teeth are tough and incredibly durable, but they’re susceptible to cavities, general wear-and-tear, and trauma. Though there’s no way to prevent these and other issues entirely, you can significantly lower your risk by practicing good oral hygiene.
To keep your teeth for life, the team at the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA recommends brushing twice each day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
What services can help protect my teeth for life?
The team at the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA offers various preventive and general dentistry measures designed to help you keep your teeth for life. These measures include:
Digital X-rays allow the team to assess the health of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone. X-rays use safe doses of radiation to take detailed images of the hard and soft tissues inside your mouth. X-rays help pinpoint problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. They also help when placing oral restorations like implants and crowns.
Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT)
CBCT is a special type of X-ray that provides three-dimensional images of your mouth, including your jaws, tooth roots, and gums. Before placing dental implants, the team takes a series of CBCT scans to ensure your jaws have enough bone to provide adequate support.
An oral exam is a routine appointment that analyzes the condition of your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. During an exam, your dentist uses a small, circular mirror to look for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or other potential problems.
Professional teeth cleaning
Professional teeth cleaning removes plaque, tartar, and food particles from above and below your gum line. Afterward, the team polishes your teeth, flosses them, and applies a fluoride treatment, if prescribed. It’s important to undergo professional teeth cleaning once every six months.
Oral cancer screening
During an oral cancer screening, your dentist uses gloved hands to examine any bumps, lumps, or abnormal growths. If they detect anything unusual, they can take a biopsy and send your sample to a laboratory for additional testing.
How frequently should I visit the dentist?
It depends on your age, health history, and symptoms. To keep your teeth for life, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly. Many serious problems, including tooth decay and gum disease, present few symptoms. That means you might be at risk and not know it.
To learn more about keeping your teeth for life, request a consultation at the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a member of the staff today.