At Burnett Dentistry, we know that the most proactive step our patients can take to establish and maintain good oral health is by visiting our Garland, TX, office regularly for professional cleanings, exams and X-rays. During these routine visits, Dr. Burnett will also look for any signs of oral cancer, as well as checking to make sure that your gums are healthy. We recommend that most patients come in twice a year for professional cleanings and exams, but if you are more prone to forming plaque buildup on your teeth, or if you have a history of gum disease, Dr. Burnett may recommend that you come in more often.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Dr. Burnett’s long list of academic accomplishments, in addition to his many years of experience, allow him to provide his patients with thorough, high quality dental care. But it’s not just Dr. Burnett who brings such a high level of dental expertise to Burnett Dentistry – it’s our other staff members as well. Dr. Burnett and his trained staff of dental professionals perform some or all of the following procedures for patients during their routine exam visits:
- A visual examination – Dr. Burnett and your hygienist will take a close look at your teeth and gums, checking for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease, making sure to check the integrity of any existing dental work at the same time
- Oral cancer screening – Whenever necessary, Dr. Burnett will perform an oral cancer screening during your visit
- Measuring of gum pockets – Your hygienist may measure the depths of gum pockets around each tooth to assess the overall health of your gums
- X-rays – Whenever necessary, we will take digital X-rays of your teeth and gums
- Cleaning and polishing – Your hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar that has built up since your last visit
Why Routine Exams Are So Important
Of course it’s true that brushing and flossing every day at home is absolutely vital to your good oral health. But the truth is that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to remove all the plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth over time. That can be accomplished only by a trained dentist or dental hygienist using instruments that are especially designed for that purpose. And other conditions that Dr. Burnett looks for during your visit – such as oral cancer and the early stages of gum disease, for example – may be completely undetectable without a thorough dental exam. That’s why these visits are so important, and why Dr. Burnett encourages each member of our patient family to schedule their routine visits within the time frame recommended.