Why is a Dental Checkup Important?

The semi-annual dental checkup is important to keep your teeth, gums and all soft tissue healthy.

We perform at least 2 functions as part of a regular dental visit; examination and cleaning.

The Examination
We check your teeth for cavities, plaque and tartar. If not removed, plaque becomes tartar. Tartar is bacterial laden and left untreated can become oral diseases.

Next, your gums are examined, checking the spaces between teeth and gums. Healthy gums have shallow space while gum disease, causes these spaces to become deeper.

A careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck is also part of the Dental Checkup. This is to look for any signs of trouble – swelling, redness, or possible signs of cancer.

The Cleaning
Your teeth will also be cleaned at your visit. Even though at home brushing and flossing help clean the plaque from your teeth, but you can’t remove tartar at home. We “scale” your teeth, which just means we use a special instrument to remove tartar.

After your teeth are scaled, we clean and polish. A paste is applied that helps to remove surface stains on your teeth. And lastly, we floss, making sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

As you can see, the dental checkup is important. There are several steps you can take at home to take care of your teeth and gums between visits.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss daily.
  • Use a mouthwash to help control plaque bacteria. This will also help to keep your breath fresh.
  • If it’s been longer than 6 months since you’ve seen a dentist, give us a call. Your oral health and comfort are our top concerns – we cater to Dental Chickens!

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