The most frequent reason for visiting your dentist should be to attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments, which should be scheduled at least twice every year. Checkups and cleanings are an ongoing effort to prevent the common issues that can threaten healthy teeth and gum tissues—particularly, tooth decay and gum disease. By routinely checking for warning signs of dental disease and professionally cleaning away harmful plaque and tartar, our dentists and our team can help you and your family avoid the need for extensive restorative treatment later. We’re also skilled at helping young children feel comfortable and welcome during their visits, to encourage a lifetime of responsive dental health care.
Exams and Screenings
When you brush and floss your teeth every day, you should also take a close look at your teeth and gums to make sure that all seems well. However, there are certain things you cannot notice on your own, which is why professional exams are necessary for your dentist to keep a close eye on your dental health. During your visit, your dentist will perform a visual inspection to check for warning signs of tooth decay, gum disease, issues with bite alignment, excessive tooth wear, damage to one or more teeth, and more.
Your visit will also include a thorough screening to check for signs that could indicate oral cancer. If necessary, an oral tissue biopsy can provide early detection and improved chances of successful treatment.
Dental and Deep Cleanings
In addition to checking your teeth and oral tissues for signs of trouble, regular preventive visits also include professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from your teeth and gum line. Plaque and tartar are byproducts of oral bacteria, many of which can harm your tooth structure and/or periodontal tissues if allowed to remain for too long. Professional cleaning ensures that oral bacteria don’t have a chance to cause significant harm, especially since plaque calcifies into tartar, which cannot be removed with toothpaste and water.
If you exhibit signs of gingivitis, or gum infection, then your dentist may suggest deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning is more complex than regular dental cleaning, and involves carefully removing plaque buildup from your teeth roots so your gums can heal.
Schedule Your Next Checkup & Cleaning
Routine checkup and cleaning appointments are the cornerstone of keeping your family’s smiles healthy and free of disease. To schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning appointment, call Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).