General Dentist Arlington, TX
Your dentist is a crucial part of your oral health and, in turn, your general health. Though many people may believe that they should only seek dental help when they have a problem, regular dental appointments give your dentist a chance to keep your teeth healthy and decay-free. If regular dental visits haven't been one of your top priorities for the last few years, they should be. Regular dental visits will get you on the road to good oral health. Dr. Padma Daggula, DDS, your Arlington, TX dentist, offers a full range of general dental services as well as cosmetic treatments.
How Often Should I See My Dentist?
A patient with normal risk of tooth decay and gum disease should see their Arlington dentist every six months. However, some people who have a higher risk factor or multiple dental issues may need to see their dentist more often. Your appointment will include a physical examination where Dr. Daggula will check your teeth, mouth, and jaw for any abnormalities like decay, cavities, or signs of gum disease like swollen or irritated gums.
Regular Exams and Teeth Cleanings
Regular dental exams and cleanings usually take under an hour. Dr. Daggula will examine your overall and oral health while looking for dental issues like cavities and gum disease. She will also assess the level of risk you have for developing tooth decay, gum disease and whether or not you need more fluoride in your oral routine. X-rays allow for a peek inside of your teeth to get a better look at them. After your examination and any necessary procedures, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar built up on them.
During your checkup, Dr. Daggula will check for cavities by examining your teeth and looking at X-rays, which can show the extent of tooth decay and cavities. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities. Dental fillings are strong, durable and resistant to wear and can last for many years.
Oral Cancer Screening
Over 30,000 American adults suffer from oral cancer each year, according to The National Institutes of Health. The good news is that early diagnosis of oral cancer can help save your life. Your Arlington, TX dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening during your dental checkup.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
If your gums are puffy or bleed when you floss or brush, or you have a family history of periodontal disease, it's time to make an appointment with your dentist in Arlington, TX. During your exam, Dr. Daggula will check your gums for signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on your oral health. In your mouth, it can erode your jawbone, destroy your gums, and lead to tooth loss. If signs of gum disease are present, Dr. Daggula will likely recommend further treatment.