Preventing the development of decay and gum disease is extremely important. At Brookshire Dentistry, we serve patients by offering comprehensive adult and pediatric dental checkups.
At the practice, the doctor offers both adult and pediatric dental checkups or exams to all patients. Regular exams help to ensure that patients can maintain optimal oral hygiene throughout their lives.These comprehensive exams can detect and stop the presence of decay or gum disease if treatment is started right away. All checkups will begin by collecting the medical and dental history of the patient. This will help the doctor to identify any potential concerns which could affect the dental health of the patient. For instance, it is important to know if the patient is a diabetic because they are at a higher risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay. If a parent or patient has any concern or questions they will also have the opportunity to discuss them with the doctor. The physical exam will begin and the dentist will examine the teeth and gums for any sign of disease or decay. For adult patients, cancer screenings may also be a part of the exam. The patient will then be told what types of changes to their dental routine they need to make, if any. If treatment for a condition is needed this will also be discussed and may begin that day.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association both agree that adults and children should undergo a dental exam and cleaning every six months.
Both children and adults can help their teeth and gums stay healthy by maintaining good oral hygiene practices between dental checkups. Regular brushing and flossing are extremely important and avoiding sugary foods and beverages can also help greatly. Bacteria love sugar so it is best to avoid them or brush after consuming something sugary. Mouthguards should be worn during sports and other activities where your mouth is in danger of being hit. If you or your child are prone to bruxism, or teeth grinding, it will also be beneficial to wear a night guard when sleeping. It is also important to avoid chewing on ice and hard candy as well as using your teeth to pry off lids.
"Brookshire took great care of me. They made sure I was comfortable during my appt. beginning w/ the front desk employees."