Dental Exams and Cleanings in El Paso, Texas
Our dental office, located in El Paso, Texas, understands the importance of preventative oral care in dentistry. Prevention is the best way to keep your teeth and mouth healthy, avoiding disease, cavities, and decay. Local dentists Walter L. Tippin, DDS, and Paul Apilado, DDS, recommend that you brush your teeth and floss at least twice daily. Along with maintaining good at-home oral hygiene practices, it is important to receive routine dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Your routine check-up includes a comprehensive dental examination to evaluate your teeth and gums, screen for oral cancer, and clean your teeth.
During your first visit, a full, comprehensive dental exam will be performed. This is to make sure that your mouth, teeth, and gums are healthy. The dentist or hygienist will examine an x-ray to make sure that the tooth and roots are correctly positioned, as well as to check for any cavities, tumors, cysts, or bone loss. X-rays do not have to be done at every examination unless there is a history of oral health problems. Your dentist will also check the gums and bones in your mouth for indications of periodontal gum disease, or gingivitis. They will also check the surface of your teeth for visible signs of decay, as well as ensuring that fillings, veneers, crowns, and other dental implants are not cracked or worn down.
Deep Cleaning and Cancer Screening
At the dental office of Walter L. Tippin DDS, Paul Apilado DDS, Inc, we offer oral cancer screenings and deep scalings in addition to regular check-ups. Cancer screenings are important for early detection of oral cancers or indicators of oral cancer. The screening includes the mouth, tongue, and teeth for any abnormalities or irregularities. Common symptoms of oral cancer include red and white spots or sores, a lump in the mouth, pain or numbness in the mouth, difficulty moving the mouth for daily, basic actions such as chewing, swallowing, or speaking. Oral cancers are easiest to treat when detected early by your dentist. Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can be helpful ways to avoid oral cancer. It is important to be screened regularly to improve your chances of successful treatment if your dentist should find that you have oral cancer.
Deep cleaning, sometimes called scaling, involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth by using a scaling instrument or ultrasonic tool. This procedure may require anesthesia, depending on the severity of the plaque buildup and the strength of the surrounding gums. The deep cleaning procedure is not always necessary, but it is offered for those who have the need for it. Scaling is an effective way of treating periodontal disease in the early stages of gingivitis.