Achieve a Plaque-Free Teeth
Visiting your dentist for checkups and cleanings improves your oral health and hygiene. While brushing and flossing at home assists in removing plaque and preventing problems like decay and inflammation, it is simply not enough. Making it a point to visit your dentist every six months for a dental checkup and dental cleaning will ensure you enjoy a clean, disease-free smile.
What To Expect From Your Checkup
Your dentist will thoroughly examine your oral cavity looking for potential problems such as decay, ulcers, changes in the lining of your mouth, gum inflammation, or other abnormal concerns. We will incorporate an oral cancer screening into your checkup to detect the disease in its earliest stages. Early detection greatly improves your chance of full recovery.
Advanced dental imaging will then allow your dentist to take a more detailed look at your oral cavity. With the use of imaging systems like digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, your dentist can uncover oral health concerns that remain hidden during the visual portion of your checkup. Modern technology allows for almost instant imaging for improved communication between you and your doctor. You will also have time to ask questions and to discuss additional concerns.
What To Expect From Your Dental Cleaning
Thoroughly cleaning your teeth is something that your dental hygienist will complete in two steps. First, we will gently remove plaque from every surface of your teeth and from beneath your gumline. This substance is filled with bacteria, which is responsible for problems like gum disease and cavity formation. Because you cannot thoroughly remove plaque with brushing and flossing alone, visiting us for this preventive treatment once every six months is a significant portion of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your dental cleaning will end with a tooth polishing performed with the use of special toothpaste to remove any final traces of plaque.
However, if you suffer from periodontal disease, or gum disease, your dentist may suggest a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This treatment thoroughly removes plaque that has moved far beneath your gumline, resulting in inflammation and potential infection. During the procedure, we will smooth eroded tooth surfaces to reduce the areas where bacteria hide.
When Should I Schedule Checkups and Cleanings?
Most patients will best benefit from a checkup and cleaning once every six months. After your initial examination, your dentist will determine the frequency of visits best suited to your oral health.