While dental emergencies can strike anyone at any time, our patients who commit to regular preventive care appointments usually experience fewer problems over the years. Routine checkups and professional cleanings every six months allow us to take a proactive approach with your dental health, addressing issues while they are small and potentially avoiding damage altogether. Read on to learn more about these important visits and what you can expect during them. And if it’s been longer than six months than your last checkup and cleaning, don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule your next appointment!
Regular brushing and flossing at home are essential for keeping your smile healthy, but these habits alone aren’t enough. Despite your best efforts, deposits of mineralized plaque, known as tartar, adhere to areas of the teeth. They particularly build up in areas that are hard to keep clean yourself, such as between your teeth and behind your back molars. These deposits create a nice home for millions of harmful bacteria. Over time, toxins and infection will inevitably start to damage your teeth and gums, resulting in everything from chronic bad breath and cavities to dental infections and tooth loss!
Fortunately, we can keep your smile in top condition with biannual checkups and cleanings. These quick and easy appointments give us a chance to spot problems as early as possible, allowing us to treat them when they’re still small and easy to resolve. Then, a professional cleaning will go a tremendously long way to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all the hard-to-reach parts of your smile, lowering your risk of these issues developing in the firs place.
During the checkup portion of your appointment, one of our talented dentists will examine your mouth. They will visually examine your teeth, gums, and soft tissues, and in some cases, they will take X-rays to evaluate the health of the roots of your teeth and your jawbone. This evaluation includes checking the integrity of any restorations you currently have, such as fillings, crowns, or dentures, as well as a gum check and oral cancer screening.
Afterwards, we’ll review our findings with you. If an issue like a cavity or gum disease has been detected, we’ll fully explain the problem and how we recommend addressing it. Together, we’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan to get your oral health back on track. We’ll also be happy to model best flossing techniques, answer any questions you may have, and provide personalized recommendations for which types of dental hygiene products would be best for you.
The other half of your dental appointment will be dedicated to cleaning and polishing your teeth. We’ll use a keen eye and specialized tools to reach areas of your mouth that are difficult to clean in order to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
When tartar is removed at your professional hygiene appointment, it doesn’t have the opportunity to produce irreversible damage. We use professional instruments and prescription strength polishing paste that gently buffs away stain and plaque, leaving your teeth ultra-smooth and shiny. Since discoloration settles into the enamel of your teeth over time, this helps slow yellowing while maintaining a glassy surface for better cleaning as well. Most importantly however, cleaning away all these particles dramatically reduces your risk of developing oral health issues.