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What Happens at a Dental Checkup

Dental Checkup | Davenport Dental Group | Laredo, TX

Has it been six months already? There it is, right on your calendar. It’s time for your twice-yearly dental cleaning and exam. You look in the mirror. Your teeth are bright, white, and beautiful. Your gums are pink and firm as they should be. You don’t feel any pain. And, let’s face it: you’re busy. So what’s the harm in picking up the phone and canceling that appointment — just this once?

Don’t do it. No, your teeth won’t fall out immediately. But dental care is a long-term commitment. It’s not difficult, but being a stickler for good, consistent habits will pay off in a big way over the long run. You will be less likely to require expensive and uncomfortable restorative procedures. You will save money and spend far fewer hours in the dentist’s chair. And you will maximize your chances of keeping your own teeth healthy and great looking for the rest of your life.

If you have to get your next dental checkup in the books, call Davenport Dental Care of Laredo, TX. We offer two locations for your convenience: Junction Drive at 956-242-6745 and Winfield at  956-517-2695.

X-Rays and Photos

Your checkup at Davenport Dental Group will begin with X-rays and photos. Our high-tech digital X-rays are processed immediately, expose you to very little radiation, and enable us to enlarge and sharpen the images on a computer screen. X-rays reveal problems that are hidden from the naked eye, including cavities between teeth, abscesses, impacted teeth, cysts, and tumors.

The Cleaning

A professional cleaning is something completely different than what you do at home with your toothbrush and floss. Our expert hygienists have special tools with which they can scrape away the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that’s built up on your teeth and under your gumline. This is stuff that you just can’t reach during your home dental hygiene routine. We will floss your teeth and polish them using a special abrasive paste.

The Examination

One of our dentists will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. He will look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, screen you for oral cancer, and check your bite and jaw. Catching problems or potential problems early gives us a better chance for less invasive and more effective treatment.

Optional Treatments

In addition to a cleaning and exam, we offer additional preventive services you may want to consider for yourself or your kids.

  • Sealants are most commonly used on kids’ teeth, although they can offer protection for patients of all ages. We paint a protective coating on the back molars that prevents harmful acids from reaching and destroying the tooth enamel. The procedure has been proven to reduce tooth decay in children.
  • Everyone needs fluoride to keep their teeth strong and able to resist decay. We have simple treatments that ensure you are getting enough of this essential mineral.
  • An athletic mouthguard is a great idea for active kids and adults. It protects the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth from traumatic injury.

Have you booked your next cleaning and exam? Schedule a dental checkup at Davenport Dental Group. You may reach us online or call either one of our Laredo, TX locations (Junction Drive at 956-242-6745 or Winfield at 956-517-2695).

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