What Happens In Your Oral Hygiene Appointments?

The American Dental Association recommends routine visits, which enable us to clean your teeth and identify possible problems in the earliest stages. But what actually happens during these routine visits? Why should you and your family undergo regular dental visits and cleaning appointments?

The Checkup

When you have a checkup, we will use advanced technology to obtain a detailed picture of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. To do this, we may suggest intraoral cameras or digital x-rays. We then have the chance to identify possible problems in the early stages, often before you experience discomfort. We may look for a cavity, signs of enamel erosion, gingivitis, gum disease, and even jaw joint issues, such as TMJ disorder and bruxism. With earlier identification, we often address these problems with comfortable and minimally-invasive solutions. We also perform a screening for oral cancer. Adult should have a screening once a year, as identifying oral cancer early is crucial to improving the chances of a full recovery.

Your Dental Cleaning

Once we complete your checkup, we will move on to having your teeth cleaned. Having your teeth cleaned involves the use of a manual tool, ultrasonic scaler, or both, to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth. By removing plaque, we reduce the risk of tooth decay, dental infections, gingivitis, and gum disease. You also enjoy fresher breath and brighter smiles. We complete the procedure by polishing your teeth. Checkup and cleanings are not just for adults, as children should have an initial one at age one and regular visits starting at around age two.

When Should I Schedule A Visit?

That depends on a number of different factors. For most healthy kids and adults, a visit every six months is enough to enable our team to regularly monitor and safeguard your smile. However, if you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may prescribe one every three to four months. For kids and adults, these not only help them maintain healthy smiles, but also reduce dental anxiety, as they become accustomed to seeing the dentist and undergoing routine care and maintenance. If you have any questions about our approach to checkups and cleanings, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit and start your journey toward a healthier smile, then contact our team today.

Do You Need a Checkup and Cleaning?

We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health with regular preventive care, including exams, oral cancer screenings, dental cleanings, and more. For more information on our general dental care procedures, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.