In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Strohman and her team of dental hygienists and dental assistants recommend having at least two dental checkups and cleanings every year. We really cannot over-emphasize the importance of these regularly scheduled visits with the dentist in Wichita Falls. Take care of your teeth and gums today and you help to ensure the long-term health and attractive appearance of your smile for many, many years.
For a comprehensive dental checkup, count on Dr. Strohman.
During a checkup, a dental hygienist cleans and polishes your teeth, removing surface stains that can discolor the appearance of your smile. Plaque and tartar are removed, as well. These are the precursors to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
In addition, Dr. Strohman will examine your teeth, gums and soft tissue. She is looking for early signs of trouble, such as a soft spot in tooth enamel that might indicate that a cavity is forming.
The family dentist in Wichita Falls will also measure the depth of gum pockets around your teeth. A measurement that is greater than four millimeter may mean you have gum disease.
Other signs include:
If any of these signs and symptoms are present during a checkup, our office offers gum disease therapy in Wichita Falls. This treatment cleans below the gum line where bacteria can begin to destroy soft tissue as well as the bone that supports your teeth.
We also check the integrity of existing fillings, dental crowns and other dental work. Finally, your family dentist in Wichita Falls will examine your mouth and lips to see if there are any signs of oral cancer.
Oral and pharyngeal cancer claim more than 9,000 American lives each year. During a screening, we check for sores in your mouth or on your lips that aren’t healing; a lump or thickened tissue; a red or white scaly patch on any soft tissue; and raised areas along your jaw, in your neck or around your ears. Early detection at a dental checkup could be key to survival.
Dr. Strohman will also perform a bite assessment. A misaligned bite may not only impact the appearance of your smile, but also your comfort. Painful symptoms of TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder, can result from bite misalignment. Dr. Strohman will prescribe an oral appliance if she finds a problem with your bite.
If it’s time for your dental checkup and cleaning, please call Strohman Dental today to schedule an appointment.