Your See Me Smile Dental of Oxnard team may also recommend digital x-rays
to identify any issues that cannot be seen on the surface of your teeth.
Digital x-rays allow your dental team to examine between and inside teeth
as well as the bones of your mouth and jaw. The digital x-ray process is
simple and safe.
At each regular dental checkup, you should also have your teeth cleaned.
Regular dental cleanings help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You
should have your teeth cleaned at least two times each year.
Even if you take good care of your teeth at home the plaque that
accumulates on your teeth can eventually turn into a hard substance called
tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by you at home. During your dental
cleaning a dental hygienist will use special tools, including an ultrasonic
scaler, to clean the tartar from your teeth.
A dental cleaning is also a good time to make sure your gums are well taken
care of too. Your See Me Smile Dental of Oxnard team can help keep your
gums healthy and free of gum disease by performing deep cleanings, scaling,
and root planing if necessary. During these procedures your teeth will be
cleaned below the gumline to make sure all tartar is eliminated. If you
already have gum disease our dental team may also provide any necessary
tools or antibiotics to treat it and prevent it from becoming more severe.
Often the last step of a dental checkup is a fluoride treatment. Fluoride
strengthens the hard enamel of your teeth and makes them less susceptible