When was the last time you called up your Redmond, OR, to schedule a checkup and cleaning visit? We recommend routine exams and cleanings for people of all ages, as these visits help them avoid tooth decay and other common oral health issues. In today’s blog, let’s learn more about the benefits of checkups and cleanings.
The Dental Checkup
You should see our team once every six months. This applies to teens, adults, and children two and older. During your exam, we will carefully look at your teeth, gums, and oral structures using advanced technology. The information we gather will allow our team to provide an accurate and precise diagnosis, identifying possible problems in the early stages and allowing us to treat them before they put your smile at further risk. For kids and adults alike, we will watch for signs of tooth decay, dental infection, and gingivitis. For adults, we will watch for TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), and even screen once a year for oral cancer.
Keeping Your Teeth Clean
The procedure also involves thoroughly cleaning your teeth. Over time, plaque can accumulate on your teeth as bacteria break down food particles trapped on and between your teeth. This layer eventually weakens the outer enamel, allowing cavities to form. Plaque also irritates and inflames gum tissue, boosting the risk of gingivitis and gum disease. With this procedure, we use a combination of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to remove all plaque and tartar (hardened, calcified plaque) from the surfaces of your teeth. We then polish your smile, which helps you leave with fresher breath, a smoother finish on your smile, and brighter teeth!
What About Brushing and Flossing?
While routine office visits are essential, daily care helps protect your smile in between these visits. While only a cleaning can remove plaque, brushing and flossing helps limit the severity of buildup. Both children and adults need to start their day by brushing for two minutes using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Your children should only use a rice-sized blot of toothpaste. At night, they should do so again and also floss. Proper flossing means moving the tape up and down each side of every tooth, making contact with the gum line to ensure your remove all trapped particles. If you have any questions about people brushing and flossing, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit for you and your family, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
Our team can help you maintain healthy smiles for years to come with regular preventive appointments. To learn more about our preventive office visits, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.