While it’s true that every patient is different, most dental professionals agree that cleanings and exams should take place every 6 months. Cleaning will remove plaque and tartar buildup. Even patients who are meticulous about their dental hygiene may struggle to get to the hard-to-reach areas, including around the gum line. During this visit, we also check for signs of gum disease, cavities/decay, and other dental issues. Routine cleanings can help detect problems before they escalate.
An x-ray will reveal more about your oral health than we can see, including the extent of decay and jawbone density. Typically, we take x-rays once a year. However, depending on your history, we may do them more or less often. We do several different types of x-rays to capture images of your mouth from different angles.
During your routine exam, Dr. Tyagi will also screen for oral cancer, which involves looking for signs of precancerous/cancerous conditions. This allows us to detect oral cancer early and treat it quickly. This is beneficial for patients at risk of developing oral cancer, such as those who use tobacco products or have a family history of cancer.
Fluoride is used to strengthen your teeth, reduce your risk of tooth decay and may also stop or reverse small cavities. Fluoride is found in drinking water and most kinds of toothpaste. However, we also offer fluoride treatments in the office to provide extra protection for your teeth. This is especially helpful for our pediatric patients due to their high risk of tooth decay.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that stick to the grooves in back teeth, offering protection against cavities. Application of sealants is easy and painless and will keep teeth strong and healthy.
Bad breath is a major source of insecurity for most people. However, regular dental visits can help prevent bad breath. Some of the things that Dr. Tyagi can do to help patients combat bad breath are:
● Removing tartar buildup
● Treating and reversing gum disease
● Update and clean dental restorations
● Offer tips for improving dental hygiene habits
If you live in the Dallas area, we encourage you to consider Luminescence Dentistry for your dental needs. We can help you keep your natural teeth for life with treatments that promote oral and overall health. We work closely with our patients to ensure good oral health for life.
Dr. Tyagi received his dental degree in 2012 from the University of California San Francisco. He then practiced general dentistry in private practice for 7 years before completing a 3-year residency in prosthodontics at Rutgers in New Jersey. He has the knowledge and expertise to perform smile makeovers, full mouth restorations, dental implants, and more.
Your oral health is the key to your overall health. As you can see, proper dental hygiene is the best way to promote good oral health. However, you can’t do it alone.
Let Dr. Tyagi and the team at Luminescence Dentistry help you achieve the best oral health possible. Schedule your preventative visit today. We can work with you to help you understand the importance of your oral health and the best practices to maintain it.
We know that you have lots of questions and concerns when it comes to dental hygiene, and you are not the only one. Some of the most common questions we get include the following:
The most common oral health issues we see are cavities and gum disease. Both of these can be prevented with proper dental hygiene habits and regular dental visits.
Ideally, you should seethe dentist every 6 months. However, if you have certain dental conditions or are undergoing orthodontic treatments, you may need to visit more often.
You should change your toothbrush at least every 3 months. If you have been sick, it’s a good idea to get a new one when you are well.
According to statistics, every year, more than 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. The key to effective treatment is early detection. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize it until it has progressed. Typically, it starts with a small white or red spot in the mouth on the lips, tongue, palate, or cheeks. This is why oral cancer screenings are part of our dental hygiene services.
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