Often, we find that our patients underestimate the importance of our routine general appointments. Dental checkups and cleanings help you maintain a healthy smile and avoid the onset of serious problems, such as infections, gum disease, and even tooth loss. In today’s blog, we’re going to look specifically at dental cleanings.
When Do You Need to See the Dentist?
We typically suggest a routine visit every six months. For patients with particularly high-risk factors for gum disease, we may suggest one every three to four months. These visits allow us to perform a checkup and clean the teeth. The checkup portion enables our team to look for the early indicators of possible problems, recommending treatment before they can impact your smile. When we clean the teeth, the dentist or hygienist will use a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth, polishing the teeth thoroughly afterward.
The Benefits of a Dental Cleaning
When we remove plaque, a bacterial byproduct that can weaken tooth enamel and cause gum inflammation, we reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Patients can also obtain brighter smiles and fresher breath, all in a single visit.
The General Exam
The exam portions involve the use of digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to obtain a detailed view of the smile. We can find the earliest indicators of tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, infection, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and even oral cancer. If you have any questions or concerns about these routine visits, or if you’re ready to schedule a cleaning and exam, then contact our team today. Let us help you maintain optimal oral health!
Do You Have Questions About Our General Cleaning Appointments?
We can help you maintain optimal oral health. At Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have general hygiene appointments to prevent the onset of serious oral health problems. We proudly offer our services to individuals from Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about us, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.