Schedule Your Checkup And Cleaning Today

checkup and cleaning cedar westNow that we’re in November, the end of the year is right around the corner. Which means if you want to use your dental insurance benefits and health savings funds, and obtain treatment before the holidays season begins, you should schedule a checkup and cleaning today. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about the importance of these routine visits.

Now is the Perfect Time

Once Thanksgiving and Christmas season are here, many of us will be planning get-togethers and trying to navigate how to have a safe and socially-distant holiday. There will suddenly be little time to see the dentist. In addition, the closer we get to the end of December, the more likely you are to see your 2020 dental insurance benefits expire and your health savings funds expire as well. A visit soon would mean starting a new year with a healthier and brighter smile, and not being caught in a waiting period until your new benefits are available.


A dental checkup involves the dentist taking a close look at your smile, and watching for signs of potential trouble. We use advanced technology to offer a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, and identify issues in the early stages. For example, we often watch for tooth decay, dental infection, or the early stages of demineralization. The gums will be examined for indicators of gingivitis and periodontal disease. We watch for wear and friction on the teeth that could point to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Finally, we screen for oral cancer once a year! Remember, these visits benefit people of all ages, from toddlers to teens and adults.

Dental Cleanings

Our team will also clean your smile. Basically, we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar. Afterward, we polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. The procedure helps lower the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. We can then discuss proper homecare habits to help control how much plaque accumulates in between these visits. If you have any questions about our approach to checkup and cleaning appointments, of if you have questions about your dental insurance benefits, then please give us a call. We would love to address your concerns and answer your questions, and help you on your journey to a brighter and healthier smile.

Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Provides Preventive Care

At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, our team wants to help you avoid oral health issues with regular six-month visits. To find out more about protecting smiles throughout the year with preventive dental care, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.