Six-month checkups are the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid issues like tooth decay, infections, and gum disease. These routine visits are essential for both adults and children to ensure that your oral health is on the right track. At Enamel Dentistry, we inspect every nook and cranny of your mouth during your checkup to catch even the smallest cavity and keep an eye out for any abnormalities.
Hygiene & Cleanings
Professional cleanings are essential for the health of your teeth. While your teeth are cleaned, our hygienists can look for any potentially concerning issues, such as cavities or signs of gingivitis (gum disease). In addition, we can remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, and polish your pearly whites using professional-grade dental tools to keep your smile bright and beautiful.
Fluoride treatments are a great way to prevent minor tooth decay from progressing into a cavity. Tooth decay can cause a “soft spot” in your enamel, which can easily turn into an irreversible cavity. Fluoride treatments use a highly-concentrated fluoride compound to “remineralize” and strengthen damaged enamel. This helps prevent cavities from forming and reverses the earliest stages of tooth decay.
Dental sealants protect your molars from cavities, and they are especially helpful for patients at higher risk of tooth decay (typically pediatric patients). Sealants consist of a special type of dental resin that is applied to your rear-most teeth in a liquid form. This resin quickly hardens into a tough plastic barrier. In turn, this shields your teeth from direct contact with bacteria, acid, and food particles. Sealants can last up to 10 years, making them a great option for both children and adults who wish to prevent the formation of cavities.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a part of every six-month oral exam at Enamel Dentistry. Without regular dental appointments, oral cancer is often very hard to detect until it has reached Stage III or IV, and spread throughout the body. This results in poor overall patient outcomes. However, early-stage cancer can be detected with proper screenings to ensure that you get the care you need before it’s too late. One of our dentists will look for lesions, discoloration, or other signs of oral cancer, and ask you questions about your health to understand your oral cancer risk.