Regular visits to the dentist are critical to achieving optimal oral health. Our dentists will recommend a professional oral health care schedule based on your individual needs. Most patients simply need to visit every 6 months, though, some patients benefit from more frequent visits. Our dental care team provides comprehensive dental cleanings and oral exams to patients of all ages in the New Orleans, LA area.
Our patients often comment on how comprehensive our oral examinations are and how thorough our teeth cleanings are. Our oral exam includes bi-yearly bite-wing x-rays and yearly periodontal screening to look for gum disease, as well as a physical inspection of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and muscles. Our dental hygienists perform teeth cleanings which involve gently scraping the teeth and gums to remove plaque and tartar build up and flossing.
Children’s Dental Health
Dental cleanings are especially important for children and adolescents. An estimated 20% of children ages 2 to 18 have untreated dental cavities, which can be prevented through routine visits to the dentist and regular professional teeth cleanings.
Children should begin visiting the dentist once every six months at the time their first tooth emerges, or by the age of 1. Visiting the dentist from an early age helps set the groundwork for a healthy smile and a positive patient-dentist relationship with your child. Routine dental health exams help keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy and enable our dentists to spot any developmental issues early on allowing for more conservative treatment options. Learn more about pediatric dentistry.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and can even develop in children. Regular visits to the dentist and professional teeth cleaning can prevent gum disease by treating early signs and symptoms. For patients who show early signs of gum disease, we may perform non-surgical methods, such as scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets in the gums. Routine visits allow us to identify lifestyle habits or risk factors and offer personal care and advice for minimizing gum disease.
In some cases, gum disease is a chronic dental issue and may require more visits for thorough cleanings and exams. The goal is always to find the best way to keep the gums healthy, avoiding larger dental problems and supporting the natural teeth to avoid loss.
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If you’re looking for a comprehensive dentist in the New Orleans area, contact Barataria Dental to request an appointment with one of our highly trained dentists.