Does My Smile Need A Checkup And Cleaning?

We’re getting ready to open our doors for elective treatments, like cosmetic care, as well as preventive and general treatments too. Which means pretty soon you and your family could schedule a visit with your Redmond, OR, dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Why does our smile need a checkup and cleaning, and what happens during these visits?

The Value of Your Routine Exam

During your dental exam, our team will sit you down and then carefully examine your entire smile using advanced technology. Digital x-rays and intraoral camera sallow us to peer beneath the gum line to look at the roots and oral structures, and also to gather detailed images of the teeth and gums. Using these images, we can accurately diagnose the presence of problem like tooth decay, dental infections and abscesses, gingivitis and gum disease. We also watch for the warning signs of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), as well as oral cancer in adults. These visits benefit kids and adults alike, and allow us to help prevent serious complications related to untreated oral health problems.

Cleaning Away Plaque and Tartar

During your visit, our team will also perform a dental cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. By removing this bacterial byproduct, we help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and even teeth stains. The procedure only takes a few minutes and uses an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may suggest a cleaning every three to four months instead of twice a year.

Better Homecare Routines

You also need to care for your smile in between each visit, which helps reduce the severity of plaque buildup and protects the health, function, and beauty of your smile. You should brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up, and once again before bed. Be sure you use a fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. You also need to floss every night before bed. Be sure the tape runs up and down the length of each side of every tooth, and move below the gum line too. These steps are necessary for people of all ages! If you have any questions about better homecare habits, or about proper brushing and flossing, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?

Our team is ready to use preventive and general options to maintain better oral health and prevent serious complications. To learn more about protecting your smile’s health and beauty, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.