Pella, IA Dentist Checks In on Checkups

Dental MirrorWhen was your last dental checkup? Have you been putting it off? The standard recommendation is that you should schedule a checkup and cleaning every six months, at least. In some cases, your Pella, IA dentist might even recommend less time between cleanings, if you have particular needs. Your preventive dental efforts can make or break your dental health. If you are feeling nervous because it’s been too long since your last dental cleaning, allow us to walk you through the basics of what to expect.

A Peek Inside Your Teeth

You may not need dental x-rays at every single appointment, but if you’re overdue for your appointment, your Pella, IA dentist may order them. Patients that have a history of gum disease or higher risk factors for oral cancer might do well to have more frequent radiography. For young patients, x-rays can uncover malocclusion (misalignment) of soon-to-erupt teeth. Dental x-rays can uncover a multitude of dental issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye. We use digital radiographs for speed and reduced exposure to radiation. Along with x-rays, you can undergo a cavity detection test called DIAGNOdent. This comfortable handheld device can identify weak spots in your tooth that indicate decay.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are an important part of your preventive dental care. Examination of your mouth for signs of oral cancer such as sores, bumps, lumps, and lesions will likely be done by your dentist at every appointment. The highest risk factors for oral/pharyngeal cancer include smoking, family history, over-exposure to UV rays, and alcohol abuse. Oral cancer can be fought with a much better prognosis if the disease is caught early. If clean teeth aren’t enough of a reason to keep up with your dental examinations, oral cancer screenings might give you additional inspiration.

Dental Checkups from Pella, IA Dentist

Dr. Allen offers customized porcelain veneers to patients. Your dentist in Pella, IA, is also happy to provide a full range of comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule an appointment. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.