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Along with the American Dental Association, our dentist, Dr. Denny Cho strongly encourages six-month dental cleanings to ensure your oral health. In between, consuming a healthy diet and sticking to your daily oral hygiene routine will keep your smile thriving. So what can you expect at a dental checkup?

Oral Cancer Check: Your dentist will examine your mouth, jaw, neck, and lymph nodes, as well as all oral tissues for any signs of cancer. This is important because when detected early, oral cancer is treatable with a high success rate. The examination is painless and can detect tumors while taking very little time.

Plaque Buildup: Although you work hard on your daily oral hygiene, you can still sometimes miss some areas of the mouth when you brush and floss. Eventually, unremoved plaque hardens into tartar and requires a dentist to remove using dental tools designed specifically for the job.

Gum Disease: Your gums are also impacted when dental plaque runs rampant in your smile and erodes gum tissue in the mouth. Tartar buildup creates gingivitis (a gum infection) along the gumline where the gums meet the tooth. This causes the gums to pull away from the tooth. As the tissues continue to break down, you may experience swelling, bleeding or soreness. Left untreated, gum disease causes the teeth to loosen and fall out as the supportive bone material breaks down.

Cavity Detection: When tartar lingers on the teeth, the enamel erodes and holes are created. Since cavities are silent destroyers, you may not even know that they are there until the tooth begins to ache from the decay. Once this happens, you will need a dental filling to stop the decay and fix the damage. Your dentist can detect cavities before they become bigger and more problematic.

Oral Habits: If you have any habits that are impacting your smile, your dentist will let you know. These may include habitually:

–Clenching your jaw.
–Grinding your teeth.
–Eating sticky or hard sweets.
–Brushing your teeth too hard.
–Chewing on ice.
–Biting your nails.
–Drinking tooth staining coffee, tea, and red wine.
–Using tobacco products.

X-rays: Your dentist will x-ray your teeth and jawbone to detect problem areas under the surface. Impacted teeth, jawbone damage or bone decay, tumors, cysts, or swelling are all visible with the help of x-rays and allows for timely treatment.

Dental Cleaning: Your teeth and gums will be cleaned thoroughly, to remove plaque and tartar. Next, your teeth will be polished. Your teeth will be thoroughly flossed in between the crevices and along the gum line. Your hygienist will also review any brushing and flossing techniques to help you with any problem areas.

Please call 801-583-4500 today to schedule your next cleaning and exam. All of us at Smile Dental Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah, look forward to helping your smile remain healthy and beautiful all year round.