Children, teenagers, and adults should visit a general dentist at least once per year. An annual checkup is supposed to detect some minor tooth problems that can gradually evolve into infections and more serious consequences. After analyzing all radiographic images of a patient, a general dentist comes up with the appropriate diagnostic conclusions. High-quality optical tools and conventional picks may also be used to physically inspect specific teeth that need prompt attention.
The sensitivity of a tooth is also checked during a typical dental checkup. A dentist can apply some cold or warm air directly over a particular tooth that seems vulnerable. If a patient reacts adversely to the exposed air, then he or she will need to get a filling or other more complicated treatment. Similarly, it’s possible to check the sensitivity of the gums with a conventional picking tool. A dentist may apply some pressure to determine if there’s abnormal bleeding or scarring.
Plaque and tartar are hard substances that tend to accumulate on the enamel of permanent teeth. These accumulations increase the risk of gum disease and other problems involving soft tissue that support teeth. Plaque and tartar tend to calcify right along the boundaries between teeth and gums. A traditional toothbrush isn’t powerful enough to fully remove such content that has essentially formed strong bonds with enamel and the surrounding structure. A dental hygienist or general dentist uses picks and rotary tools to gently grind away undesirable formations on the teeth and gums. After a thorough cleaning, some minor bleeding may occur because of the abrasive texture of plaque and tartar.
Teeth that have grooves and depressions are vulnerable to external deposits that gradually harden and mineralize. Therefore, a dental sealant has to be applied to cover any uneven space along the outer surface of enamel. This type of application also prevents small food particles from getting stuck in crevices and cracks in or between teeth. It’s important for dental patients to understand that decay is primarily caused by the digestion of food that remains inside the mouth after a meal or snack.
All of these problems can be addressed by a general dentist in Little Rock, AZ. When you visit the office of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, you get exceptional care and services. We invite you to contact us today to schedule your first appointment with us.