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Thinking Of Skipping A Dental Checkup?
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A dental checkup is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. It's usually scheduled bi-annually, and it helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and other issues that may not be noticeable daily.

What are the benefits of a dental checkup?
A dental checkup is a lot more than just an exam. During this visit, the dentist will also clean your teeth and gums to remove plaque buildup that can cause tooth decay or gum disease if it's left untreated. The cleaning process involves polishing each of your teeth with a special paste to remove surface stains, scaling below the gum line to remove tartar, and flossing between each tooth. We will also check for abnormalities that may indicate severe health conditions, such as oral cancer or diabetes.

You'll be able to ask us questions about your teeth and gums at the visit too. We can tell you what steps you should take next, such as scheduling more frequent checkups, and help you understand why these steps are necessary. The dentist will also give you a report of the visit to take with you, which will include details about your teeth and gums, along with any advice given to keep them healthy.

Why is it important to have regular dental checkups?
Regular dental checkups are the best way to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. There's a lot of bacteria in your mouth, and it can creep into spaces between each tooth if you don't brush them daily. When tartar builds up on these surfaces, called plaque, it turns into an even more potent form: calculus. This is why it's essential to have teeth cleaned every six months, as this is when we will remove tartar from the surfaces of your teeth.

If you skip a dental checkup and wait too long between cleanings, it can lead to cavities that weaken each tooth over time. Once one of these teeth becomes very weak or decayed, we may need to fill it or pull it.
If you don't get a regular checkup, we may not discover these problems until they're very severe and much more difficult (and expensive) to treat, so come see us today.

Why is an Early Dental Check-up Important?
Did you know that childhood caries tends to be the most common chronic disease among kids and can develop once the teeth erupt? For this reason, it is important you bring your kids in to our dental office for early dental check-ups. But how early should it be?

If your child has a significant risk for developing caries such as inadequate home dental care, poor oral hygiene, a high sugar intake, a mother with an increased number of cavities, or enamel defects on the child, you should bring them to our dental specialist by 12 months of age.

Start the journey to your child's dental health today. Bring your child to our dental office for dental checkups!

What Happens During a Routine Dental Check-up
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Once you check-in, our receptionist will direct you to our hygienist or dentist. The dentist or hygienist will want to know more about your medical history, especially if it is your first appointment at our dental office.

After sharing your health concerns, the hygienist starts to work inside your mouth. He or she cleans your teeth and scrapes off the plaque and tartar that has built up before flossing in between and around your teeth.

Our dentist will then examine your teeth and gums to see any problem areas such as swelling of gums, redness, and mouth sores. The dentist also performs a dental exam to see if you have any bone loss, fractures, and other abnormalities within the areas below your visible gum line. Additionally, the dentist will look for other issues like jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, or oral cancer.

After the dental exam, the dentist will tell you what exactly is going in your mouth and what kind of treatment you need and the things you should do at home to help improve your oral health.

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Aspire Dental | | (503) 221-9439
511 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205



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