he best ways to ensure your mouth, teeth and smile remain healthy are to brush and floss at home and to schedule routine cleanings and check ups with your dentist. We recommend that patients schedule two check ups per year. While home dental care is effective, only a dentist can check for early signs of gum disease, oral decay or oral cancer.
During a cleaning, your dentist will use special a scaler to scrape off plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as below the gum line. Cleanings also involve polishing the teeth and flossing. Polishing gives your teeth a smooth surface which makes it harder for tartar and plaque to collect.
Typically cleanings and checkups occur in tandem. After your teeth have been cleaned, your dentist will examine your mouth, gums and teeth to check for any problems. Your dentist will look for decay, redness and swelling, all of which are signs of gum disease. Your tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth will also be examined to rule out any other problems.
To maintain your beautiful smile and healthy teeth, don’t skip your routine dental cleanings and check ups. Our dentists are here to ensure you have a healthy and happy smile.