A Dental Checkup Can Keep Your Smile Strong

richfield checkup visitWhen you see our team every six months for a dental exam, we have a chance to catch serious problems before they grow in severity and threaten smile stability. Our team can conduct a detailed exam and in the same process, also clean the teeth. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about the dental checkup process.

The Checkup Process

The exam should happen twice a year, so we have a chance to catch serious problems in their earliest stages, often before you experience symptoms like toothaches or sore, bleeding gums. Our team will start by taking detailed images of your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. These systems use 90% less radiation and provide images instantly chairside, so you have less time in the chair. We will offer a diagnosis with greater precision and accuracy, and create a treatment plan to address the concerns we’ve discovered, so you can start your journey to a healthier and brighter smile!

Dental Cleanings

In the same visit, we will also conduct a detailed dental cleaning, a process that removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. The cleaning helps lower the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, cavities, and even gingivitis and gum disease. The process only takes a short period, and we then polish the teeth to offer brighter smiles. The polishing also limits the risk severe plaque and tartar buildup from occurring before your next visit. This is helpful for kids and adults alike!

Care for Smiles at Home

In between these visits, you can also take stops to help control harmful plaque and tartar buildup so your teeth and gums stay strong in between your checkups and cleanings. For example, you can brush twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every evening before you go to bed. You should cut back on the sugar and starch in your diet too. A good diet and routine care for your smile can help your teeth and gums stay strong, so your smile is free of inflammation and decay in between your office visits. If you have any questions about how our team protects smiles of all ages with checkup and cleaning visits, or about how to properly care for your smile at home, then contact our team today to learn more.

Learn More About Dental Exams and Cleanings

If you are interested in a preventive dental visit, give us a call at Cedar West Dental in Richfield, MN today at (612)861-7188 to schedule an appointment. With a simple checkup and cleaning every six months, we can help you smile with confidence and enjoy good oral health.