Dr. Rob and our team understand the importance of general dentistry. Regular visits for preventive treatments can help protect the health and beauty of your teeth and gums! Which is why we recommend a checkup appointment every six months. At your Lake Hickory dental office, our team is ready to start you and your family on a path toward better smiles, a path that starts with a checkup.

Why We Need an Exam

The oral health concerns that can lead to discomfort and even tooth loss don’t form overnight. Cavities, infections, gingivitis, and even gum disease take months to form, so seeing us every six months for an exam is a chance for our team to catch these concerns in their earliest stages, often before you even experience toothaches to sensitive gums. We then create a treatment plan to address the issue so you and your family continue to enjoy good oral health and avoid discomfort.

What to Expect From Your Checkup

What happens during your dental exam? Our team will take a close look at your teeth and gums. We will also use digital x-rays as part of the process. We want to identify the earliest signs of demineralization, so we can treat cavities before your tooth aches. Our team watches for gum inflammation so we can provide periodontal care, and we look for wear and friction that could indicate TMJ disorder or bruxism. We want to help smiles of all ages in your family stay healthy and strong, and a simple checkup every few months can make this possible.

Cleaning Your Smile

In addition to an exam and diagnosis, our team will also clean your family’s smiles. A dental cleaning removes the plaque and tartar buildup that brushing and flossing alone cannot. We do so with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick. The process takes a few minutes, and can help safeguard your smiles! Removing buildup can lower the risk of cavities and periodontal concerns, and also fight bad breath and teeth statins. We then polish the teeth to brighten them and make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to adhere to them.

In between these visits, you can also help protect your smile by ensuring each member of your family brushes their teeth in the morning and evening for two minutes each time, and that everyone flosses before going to bed too! If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup and cleaning visit, then contact our team today.

Schedule a Visit with Your Hickory, NC Dentist Today!

To schedule your family’s first checkup and cleaning visit with our team, simply contact Lake Hickory Dental in Hickory, NC by calling (828) 322-6731.