What Is A Dental Checkup?

Your oral health is vital to your overall well-being, and a dental checkup is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

How Often should I have a dental checkup?

The American Dental Association recommends people get a dental checkup and cleaning at least once each year to prevent the development of common dental problems. People who suffer from gum disease or tooth decay may need to come in more often for treatment.

What Should I Expect At My Dental Checkup?

A dental checkup appointment is important for your dental health as these visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and hygiene. The dentist may also identify a problem before it becomes serious.

During your checkup, we will:

  • Check for signs of cavities, gum disease, infection, oral cancer, and other oral conditions.
  • Take diagnostic images, such as X-rays, as needed.
  • Give you a thorough cleaning and oral exam, which will help us keep your smile healthy.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, is the process of removing dental plaque and tartar and polishing the teeth. Plaque and tartar are composite materials that collect on the teeth. Brushing and flossing can remove some plaque, but cleanings are necessary to remove all buildup. Plaque and tartar buildup can be unsightly but can also lead to more serious dental problems.

Why Is Dental Cleaning Important?

A dental cleaning can help remove calculus that’s built up on teeth over time. Calculus, also known as tartar, is a hardened form of plaque that can be difficult to remove at home. Calculus can start to cause tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. A dental cleaning can help remove calculus that’s built up on teeth over time. A dental cleaning can also help remove minor stains on the teeth. 

How Often Do You Need Dental Cleanings?

You should have your teeth cleaned every six months or more frequently if you have periodontal disease. Cleanings involve removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and can help to prevent tooth decay.

In more severe cases, you may need deep cleanings, which involve scaling your teeth to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up. Scaling is sometimes referred to as “root planing.” Deep cleanings may require local anesthesia, and you may need to take an antibiotic to help fight the infection.

At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental care using state-of-the-art dental technologies. To learn more about our dental services, call Dentist Greenwell Springs, LA at (225) 261-0043 or visit our dental office located at 14127 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs.


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