Preventing Dental Issues to Protect Your Smile

A good at-home oral healthcare routine is a great step towards a healthy smile, but unfortunately, many dental issues can’t be prevented and detected on your own. That’s why Dr. D. Michael Miller and our experienced team of experts provide thorough dental checkups and teeth cleanings to protect your smile. We take pride in our ability to diagnose and treat dental issues while they’re small to keep your mouth and overall wellbeing as healthy as possible. When is the last time you saw a dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning? Contact our office to schedule an appointment for preventive care.

The Importance of Biannual Checkups & Cleanings

Dr. Miller and his experienced team of dentists play a vital role in keeping your mouth and body healthy. Dental checkups provide our expert dentist in Oak Hills, San Antonio with an opportunity to examine your mouth for any warning signs of dental issues. This routine exam detects problems to prevent you from more serious and expensive treatments in the future. At Dr. D. Michael Miller, DDS, we can diagnose issues like gum disease or oral cancer before they begin to affect your overall health.

Dental cleanings, which are equally important to your oral health, are conducted by our experienced dental hygienists. Their ability to clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and remove tartar buildup keeps your mouth healthy and safe. Tartar, a hardened version of plaque, is one of the leading causes of gum disease. This disease has now been linked to a higher risk of overall health problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more, which is another reason why checkups and cleanings are integral to your wellbeing.

What Happens During Your Dental Visit?

During your dental cleaning, one of our hygienists will:

  • Remove plaque and tartar buildup that hasn’t been cleaned away through at-home oral healthcare.
  • Polish your teeth to leave you with a healthy and beautiful smile.
  • Floss in between your teeth to remove any remaining plaque or debris.
  • Give you some useful tips for at-home care after getting to know you and your smile a little better.

This is a great time to ask us any questions you’ve been having about oral healthcare or if you’ve noticed any changes in your teeth, gums, or other areas of your mouth.

After your cleaning, Dr. Miller will carefully examine your mouth, head, jaw, neck, and throat for any signs or symptoms of issues. Not only will he check to make sure you don’t have any cavities or decay, but he will also check the health of your gums and use digital X-Rays to get a closer look at your smile. Additionally, he will perform a quick and easy oral cancer screening to make sure your mouth is cancer-free, and he will also check your jaw for alignment or bite problems. This simple dental checkup can save you from more expensive and extensive procedures in the future, and you can leave our office with a great looking and feeling smile. Contact us today to schedule your biannual checkups and cleanings.