Preventive Dental Exams and Cleanings
The erosion of tooth enamel, which leaves teeth weak and susceptible to cavities, is typically unnoticeable until the enamel is already compromised. Likewise, the early stages of gum disease and other dental issues often remain undetected, growing worse until your next dental checkup, or until they cause irreversible damage to your teeth and/or gums. Regularly-scheduled dental examinations allow Dr. Schmidt to carefully inspect your teeth and gums to accurately gauge the state of your oral health.
To prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease from forming, your routine visits also entail a professional dental cleaning that allows your hygienist to clean away plaque and tartar. Every day, oral bacteria gather and form plaque to protect themselves. Many of these bacteria produce harmful substances that damage teeth and gum tissues, and cleaning your teeth consistently is the only way to protect your smile from them.
What to Expect
Plaque and its calcified form, tartar, form constantly from the oral bacteria that live in your mouth. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing your teeth. Removing it requires professional equipment and the skills of a talented hygienist during your dental cleaning appointments. After cleaning them, your hygienist will polish your teeth for a beautiful, healthy shine, and to prohibit plaque buildup in the immediate future.
During each routine visit, Dr. Schmidt will also perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, jaw, bite alignment, and oral tissues using advanced diagnostic and imaging equipment. Besides tooth decay and gum disease, the examination will also reveal signs of damaged tooth structure, discrepancies in your bite’s alignment, and abnormalities that could warn of oral cancer, among many other things. If he finds a reason to be concerned, then Dr. Schmidt can explain the condition and the most appropriate treatment options.
Call The Austin Dentist Today!
At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.