Prevention Through Routine Checkups / Cleanings
Every day, you should brush your teeth at least twice and floss at least once to remove the food particles, plaque, and debris that accumulate on a daily basis. Sometimes, though, your plaque may have calcified into tartar, making it impossible for you to remove on your own. A dental checkup and cleaning allows us to ensure that your teeth remain free of bacteria-rich plaque and tartar that could lead to serious dental health issues. We can also examine the different aspects of your dental health to make sure that you do not experience issues with the health, alignment, and integrity of your smile. For children and adults alike, regular preventative dentistry appointments should be as much a part of their routine as brushing and flossing teeth.
What is a Dental Cleaning?
A dental cleaning describes the thorough removal of bacterial plaque and tartar from your teeth, which our hygienist accomplishes using professional equipment. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more the bacteria can feed on nutrients, and the greater your risks of developing tooth decay and gum disease. If bacteria have reached the teeth roots underneath your gums, then we may recommend a scaling and root planing (or periodontal cleaning) to treat and, in some cases, reverse gingivitis. We can also suggest tips for brushing and flossing your teeth more effectively at home to further prevent plaque buildup.
What is a Dental Checkup?
Performed during the same visit as your dental cleaning, a dental checkup involves the visual inspection of your teeth, gums, and oral structures to check for early signs of trouble (including comprehensive oral cancer screenings). If we can detect tooth decay, gum disease, tooth wear, and dental damage before they grow too severe, we may help you avoid extensive restorative work by addressing the problems early. Because children may experience a variety of issues with their still-developing teeth and jawbones, it is just as important that they attend regular dental checkups and cleanings, as well.