Dental Exams & Cleanings

Taking care of your teeth not only involves brushing and flossing at home, but it also means regular visits to your dentist. Most dental associations recommend seeing a dentist every six months for exams and cleanings. Here is what you can expect from our dentists at Mesquite Dental Solutions in Mesquite, TX during one of your regular dental visits.

Thorough Teeth Examination

Our dentists will carefully examine the fronts, backs, and sides of your teeth, looking for signs of decay, plaque, or tartar buildup. To get a better look at the back teeth, they may use a small mirror or an intraoral camera to see all sides of your teeth clearly.

Gum Examination

While looking at your teeth, our dentists will also examine your gums to look for any signs of developing periodontitis. If your gums look puffy, bright red, or bleed when you brush them, you may have gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontitis. Since gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss, it is crucial to catch it early to treat it successfully.

Soft Tissue Examination

Our dentists at Mesquite Dental Solutions will also examine the soft tissues of the mouth. The dentist will check the cheeks, lips, and tongue for sores, lesions, or hard lumps. In addition to those areas, the dentists will also check the back of the tongue during exams and cleanings to check for signs of oral cancer. Dentists are often the first health providers to spot signs of oral or throat cancers in patients.

Treat Teeth

After conducting a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth, our dentists will treat any issues they find. For instance, if you have a cavity, they will fill it. They will also speak to you about any treatments that you may benefit from, such as teeth whitening or veneers.

Clean Teeth

Finally, our dentists at Mesquite Dental Solutions will clean your teeth after treating them. If it’s been a while since your last dental visit, and they find plaque and tartar on your teeth, they may do a deep cleaning. However, by the time you leave our offices after one of our regular exams and cleanings, you will have a healthier mouth.

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