Dental Checkups & Cleanings in Houston
Dr. Gray and his team always love to see you and your family in the office. We really do enjoy your company! And, of course, we love to see your smile and to take care of your smile. In keeping with the American Dental Association, Dr. Gray recommends that you and each member of your family from the youngest to eldest have at least two dental checkups and cleanings every year. Not only do we get the pleasure of your company at these visits, but we also have the opportunity to clean and polish your teeth and check to make sure your mouth is healthy.
You may wonder why two checkups are necessary each year if you maintain a good oral hygiene program at home and you aren’t having any difficulties. That’s great! We just want to keep it that way, and with regular checkups we can help you avoid problems before they develop.
Dental Cleaning in Houston
Your checkup begins with a thorough dental cleaning. One of our skilled dental hygienists will carefully clean and polish each surface of every tooth in your mouth. In this way, we can be sure to remove surface stains that may reduce the whiteness of your smile, as well as plaque and bits of tartar (hardened plaque) that are both precursors to gum disease. Right after a teeth cleaning is also a great time to have your teeth whitened. The gel will be able to do an even better job of whitening your smile.
Dental Exams with the Dentist in Houston
When Houston dentist Dr. Gray conducts the exam portion of your visit, he looks closely at your teeth, your gums, and your entire mouth and throat. We’ll visually examine each tooth. Usually at one appointment during the year we take digital x-rays in order to spots signs of tooth decay between your teeth or below the surface; infection inside a tooth; cracks that may split a tooth; and existing fillings that are in disrepair and may need to be replaced. If we find any evidence of trouble, then we can treat more easily and effectively with early discovery.
In addition, we’ll complete a dental chart that includes the depth of gum pockets. Our hygienist will use a small probe to measure gum pocket depths; a pocket deeper than four or five millimeters may indicate gum disease. Dr. Gray will also examine your mouth and throat for the early warning signs of oral cancer. It’s important for your to know these signs as well so you can be on the lookout for them in between visits to our office. Signs include:
- A sore in your mouth that hasn’t healed in more than two weeks
- A red or white scaly patch
- A lump or swelling in any soft tissue or your tongue
- A sore on your lips
- A persistent sore throat or hoarseness