Why Do I Need Checkups And Cleanings?

The American Dental Association recommends that people attend a routine checkup and cleaning every six months, or every three to four if you have gum disease. But what makes these general visits so valuable for our smiles? In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist explains the importance of having your smile examined and cleaned, and how you can continue this care at home!

The Value of Your Dental Exam

What makes your dental exam so important? Well, an exam is a way for your dentist to carefully examine your smile and look at your teeth, gums, and oral structures for signs of trouble. Having these visits scheduled regularly means that our team can monitor your smile over time and catch possible indicators of trouble in the earliest stages. For example, we could identify cavities before you experience toothaches, or gingivitis before the onset of periodontal disease. Then, routine treatments like fillings or a scaling and root planing could mean reversing these issues and helping you maintain optimal oral health.

The Benefits of a Dental Cleaning

During the same visit, our team will also thoroughly clean your teeth. A cleaning means we gently remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. The buildup occurs as bacteria consumes stray food particles, and unless removed, could lead to cavities and periodontal disease. We use an ultrasonic scaler and a manual tool to do this, and we polish your smile afterward to ensure a brighter appearance. The procedure not only protects overall oral health, but also fights halitosis a well!

Preventive Care from Home

While you’re staying home, you can take steps to help protect your smile in between your routine visits. For example, try to eat a healthier diet and cut back on sugary items, which deprive harmful bacteria of a meal and helps lower the overall risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Make time when you wake-up to brush your teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, and repeat this at night before bed. Be sure you floss each night too, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot reach. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dentistry, or about how to ensure optimal oral health from home, then contact our team today. Even in these strange and uncertain times, we still want to make sure you enjoy optimal oral health!


Our team is ready to help you and your family continue to enjoy a strong, healthy, and vibrant smile. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive dental care, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, right away at (660) 727-4746.