We often have people ask us this very question. Why do you need checkups and cleanings? Simply put, these visits are necessary because even if you brush and floss properly, it may not be enough to completely protect your smile from tooth decay and gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Checkups and Cleanings
Question: When do we need to see the dentist?
Answer: You should make time to see the dentist every six months. During these visits, the doctor will perform a checkup and a cleaning. Even if you brush and floss, you still need to schedule your preventive visits.
Question: What happens during the checkup portion?
Answer: During the exam, the doctor examines your smile. The dentist will look for any signs of potential trouble, such as a cavity. She will also look for warning signs of oral cancer, periodontal disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism. Identifying these issues in the early stage can allow our team to treat them or recommend a specialist before the problems progress into more serious stages.
Question: Will I always receive a cleaning?
Answer: We always recommend having the teeth cleaned during these visits. The procedure allows the dentist or hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Doing so can help reduce the risk of periodontal disease, protecting your smile from serious complications.
Question: What if the doctor discovers a problem?
Answer: If the doctor discovers signs of gum problems, she may recommend a deep cleaning to reverse the inflammation or to help manage periodontal disease. If you have any questions about gum health, or if you would like to schedule a checkup or dental cleaning, then contact our office today. We can help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.