Keeping your smile beautiful and bright requires regular dental care. The American Dental Association recommends people receive a checkup and cleaning every six months. Many people don’t realize how important checkups and cleanings are for maintaining their overall health. In today’s blog, your Houston dentist, Dr. Deborah Gennero, explains how our innovative general dental care can protect and preserve your smile.

Checkups and Oral Cancer Screenings

Regular checkups allow Dr. Gennero to watch for any signs of developing dental issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay. Early detection enables Dr. Gennero to prescribe immediate treatment and help patients avoid costly and invasive procedures in the future. Dr. Gennero also uses the latest technology to provide accurate and precise oral cancer screenings. Did you know last year alone over 42,000 people were diagnosed with oral cancer? Many people don’t survive the first five years following an oral cancer diagnosis because the disease is often caught in the late stages. Checkups can help your Houston dentist to discover the disease when the chances of recovery are much higher.

Brighten Your Smile with Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings help keep our smiles beautiful by removing stains. But did you know cleanings also help prevent tooth decay and gum disease? Dr. Gennero and our team of hygienists remove plaque buildup during a cleaning. As harmful bacteria multiply, they coat the surface of the teeth in a sticky substance known as plaque. Not only does plaque weaken enamel, increasing the risk of cavities, but plaque also causes gum inflammation. If left untreated, gum inflammation can lead to gum disease, which threatens the stability of your tooth!

Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Gennero also strives to educate our patients on methods of maintaining good oral hygiene. For example, patients should brush twice a day and floss at least once. Always rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. These simple steps help cleanse the mouth of bacteria and food particles.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Houston General Dentist

Are you ready for a checkup or a cleaning? Make an appointment with your Houston general dentist today. Dr. Gennero offers the latest in general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact our Houston dentist office by calling (281) 578-6200. We are proud to offer comprehensive dentistry to patients from Clear Lake to The Woodlands, including Katy, West Houston, Sugarland, the 77084 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.