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Dental Checkups & Cleanings

Closing the Door on Oral Health Problems Before They Start

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Regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings in Wichita Falls are some of the most effective ways to combat tooth decay and gum disease as well as detect early signs of oral cancer. Following in line with the American Dental Association’s recommendation of seeing a dentist every six months, Dr. Sharolli and our team at Wichita Falls Dental believe these visits can mitigate common oral health problems in the future. In combination with practicing good oral habits at home, a professional checkup and cleaning can ensure your smile remains decay- and damage-free for years to come.

Why Choose Wichita Falls Dental for Dental Checkups and Cleanings?

  • Trusted Dentist with Decades of Clinical Experience
  • Personalized Dental Care for Your Needs
  • Modern Dental Technology for Improved Patient Experience

What Typically Occurs During a Dental Checkup?

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During your dental checkup with Dr. Sharolli, we will first update your medical history to ensure we have the most recent information before escorting you back to a treatment room and capturing digital X-rays of your mouth. Emitting up to 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays, these images allow us to see what lies beneath your gums and serve to help in the diagnosis of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other serious problems that can occur.

Your dentist in Wichita Falls will then examine your oral cavity and facial structure for signs that may be associated with oral cancer. Because early detection is key in successfully treating this condition, it is a vital aspect of regular dental checkups that remains completely painless and quick to perform.

We’ll also check for gum disease by charting your gum pockets and determining if you are in the early stages of gingivitis, which is reversible, or if you require more advanced periodontal therapy. Lastly, Dr. Sharolli will check and existing dental work to determine if you require additional complex or restorative treatment. Once he has gathered the necessary information, he will go over his findings with you and discuss potential treatment options.

What Is a Dental Cleaning?

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During this same visit, one of our trained dental hygienists or Dr. Sharolli will professionally clean your teeth, removing any hardened plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, and bad breath to form. Although your brushing and flossing habits at home may be on point, the dental instruments we use are effective at removing bacteria that cannot be eliminated at home.

Your dental hygienist will begin by using specialized instruments to gently remove these deposits from your teeth and around the gum line. They will then polish and floss your teeth to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned before providing helpful tips to keep your oral health in optimal condition between appointments.

Why Regular Dental Checkups and Teeth Cleanings Are Important

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Do you want to prevent the need for restorative or emergency dentistry? One of the most effective ways to do this is to maintain regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six months. By seeing our team twice each year, we can lower the risk of cavities, periodontal disease, and halitosis (bad breath) as well as mitigate the chances of timely and costly dental procedures like root canals, tooth extraction, and dental implants.

By addressing common oral health problems early on, they are significantly easier to treat. Also, you will find that with dental insurance, your plan likely covers 80-100% of your preventive services. This is an added benefit that not only saves you money but also serves as a preemptive measure to help you avoid more expensive treatments.