Dental Checkups & Cleanings
Good dental health requires a multi-faceted approached that encompasses regular, professional dental care, such as biannual checkups and cleanings, as well as good home hygiene. Dental checkups and cleanings involve comprehensive examinations of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity, as well as a thorough but gentle professional teeth cleaning. Routine exams help your dentist spot and address any issues that might develop while they’re still in their earliest stages. Your dentist may also utilize advanced digital imaging equipment for a more comprehensive view of your oral health. Also, professional cleanings help ensure that harmful plaque and tartar do not linger on your teeth long enough to cause trouble.
When to Schedule an Appointment
Generally, you should schedule your dental checkup and cleaning appointments no more than six months apart. A biannual dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, significantly reduces your risks of developing excessive plaque and tartar, as well as the progressive issues that stem from them, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Also, every visit allows your dentist to keep a close eye on your oral health and any developments that may lead to more serious trouble if not addressed promptly. If you present with tooth decay, gum disease, an issue with your bite alignment or bite function, or any other cause for concern, Dr. Olson will consult with you to decide on an appropriate course of treatment.
Every checkup and cleaning visit also includes a thorough oral cancer screening, during which Dr. Olson will carefully inspect your mouth and oral tissues for abnormalities such as the presence of sores, lumps, and more, that might indicate oral cancer.