Why Do I Need A Checkup And Cleaning?

Your entire life you’ve heard one dentist or another say a variation of the same thing: You need a checkup and cleaning every few months. What makes these preventive visits so important? How do they help you maintain a healthier smile?

Frequently Asked Questions About Checkups and Cleanings

Question: How often do I need one?
Answer: That depends on the health of your smile. For some, a visit every six months will suffice. For those with high risk factors for gum disease and other concerns, we may suggest one every three to four months.

Question: What technology will the dentist use?
Answer: The dentist will typically use digital x-rays to obtain a clear picture of your oral structures. The digital option uses 80% less radiation and doesn’t require development in harsh chemicals. Instead, we can provide the images instantly chairside, walking the patient through the diagnostic process and helping them gain a better understanding of their smile. We also use intraoral cameras to obtain detailed digital images of your teeth and gums in a matter of seconds.

Question: Do I need these visits if I brush and floss?
Answer:  Yes! Brushing and flossing are vital, as they help limit how much plaque can form on the teeth. A bacterial byproduct, plaque can lead to a greater risk of cavities and gum disease. However, only a dental cleaning can actually remove plaque buildup. To do this, we can use an ultrasonic scaler, which removes plaque with high-frequency vibrations and then rinses it away with flowing water.

Question: What benefits do they offer?
Answer: A routine checkup and cleaning can catch problems in the earliest stages, treating them before they pose a danger to your smile. In addition, you can leave with clean, smooth teeth and fresher breath!


At Mai Dentistry, keeping smiles healthy is often as simple as a routine exam and cleaning. To learn more about our practice, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.