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!
DO YOU NEED AN EXAM?
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.