Keeping Your Smile Healthy

When was the last time you saw your dentist? If it has been longer than six months, it may be time to come in for a checkup. These visits are essential for everybody, even if you believe your pearly whites are healthy. They are used to detect concerns early and keep your oral hygiene in good shape. Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, offer preventive care, restorations, and more depending on your treatment needs.

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Are You Taking Proper Care Of Your Smile At Home?

Good oral hygiene starts at home! To take care of your teeth and gums, make sure that you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps remove food particles and bacteria that may have accumulated throughout the day or overnight. Do not forget to get your tongue, too, as this can hold onto bacteria. Flossing is important, too, as it helps remove particles from between your pearly whites. If you do not include flossing into your routine, you may notice that your breath does not smell fresh even after brushing. You can also follow up these steps with mouthwash to freshen up your breath and protect against tooth decay.

Checkups Are Essential For Your Health

Coming in regularly for a cleaning and examination offers several benefits for your health. First, it can help detect problems early. Many common concerns, such as tooth decay or gum disease, can develop without symptoms. Your dentist may be able to catch these issues early and treat them before they progress into more serious problems. During your treatment, your hygienist will clean your teeth and remove plaque buildup. Hardened plaque cannot be removed with a regular toothbrush, so this step is crucial in reducing the chances of plaque turning into a cavity. Then, X-rays or other imaging can be used to take a close look at your smile. This can help identify decay, oral cancer, misalignment, and many more concerns. Finding these early allows for earlier treatment which can protect your health and well-being.

Discussing Your Treatment Plan

After your cleaning and examination, your dentist may discuss potential treatment plans with you. This will be based on certain problems that may have been noticed. For instance, if a cavity was detected, a dental filling may be recommended to restore the area. It is important to schedule these restorations as soon as you are able to maintain your oral health. Putting them off can lead to the issue worsening and could require invasive dental work in the future. If your dentist has no concerns, your next appointment will be scheduled six months out. Remember to continue taking care of your smile at home.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

To book your next cleaning and examination, call our office in Prairie Village, KS, at 913-901-8585.