People usually avoid going to the dentist after the holiday season, thinking their dentist's schedule will slow down. However, this doesn't mean you should skip your dental checkup after the holiday. Everyone has busy schedules throughout the year, and it can be difficult to find time to schedule important appointments, including dental care checkups and cleanings. Fortunately, the holiday season is a busy time of year for just about everyone, which gives you the perfect excuse to schedule a visit with your dentist! The holiday season is full of family get-togethers, work parties, and general mayhem – so you need all the support you can get to keep up your dental health routine. Plus, going to the dentist in December will ensure that you end the year with a clean bill of oral health and no cavities or dental emergencies to worry about.
Oral exam: The first step to maintaining your oral health is to see your dentist for a routine exam and cleaning every six months. During this procedure, our dentist will examine your teeth and identify any issues that may require treatment in the future. They'll clean your teeth and gums and administer fluoride treatments to help protect your enamel and prevent tooth decay from occurring.
X-rays: An x-ray is a simple, non-invasive way to view the inner workings of your mouth. Our dentist will use x-rays to identify decay, damage, and other oral health issues that may need to be addressed.
Dental sealants: Sealants are thin coatings that help form a barrier between teeth and bacteria. These coatings are typically applied to children's teeth, but adults can benefit from them as well.
Mouthguards: If you play a sport or participate in an activity where injuries to the jaw are possible, then you may want to schedule a visit for a custom-made mouthguard. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the mouthguard made to fit comfortably in your mouth.
Bite splint/night guard: A bite splint or night guard can help protect the alignment and health of your jaw. These devices are typically worn at night to prevent grinding of the teeth while you sleep.
To learn more tips to maintain good oral health, visit Bruce R. Clark, DDS, MAGD, 2550 Stover St E-102, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Call us at (970)498-8607 to book an appointment.