Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Dental cleanings and exams are essential to maintaining a healthy smile. These biannual visits allow us to check for any early signs of cavities, gingivitis, and other dental problems. During these appointments, we can catch and treat these issues right away, preventing further damage and helping you avoid more costly and complicated procedures.

What are dental cleanings?

Regular dental cleanings are crucial to maintaining good oral health. During your dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. They will also clean the areas between your teeth, as well as under your gum line, and apply fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. 

What are the benefits of having my teeth cleaned regularly?

Having your teeth cleaned regularly is an important component of maintaining good oral health. While daily brushing and flossing at home will help maintain your oral health, it is not enough to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Only dental professionals with specialized dental tools can properly remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Regular dental cleanings can help to prevent cavities and gum disease, as well as keep your teeth looking and feeling clean and fresh. Regular dental cleanings are also important in the prevention of other serious general health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 

What are dental exams?

During a regular dental exam, your dentist will closely examine your teeth, gums, and bite, looking for signs of decay, damage, or disease. They’ll examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis.

Your dentist will also evaluate your risk of tooth decay and cavities. Using digital X-rays, your dentist can look for cavities between your teeth and below your gum line, as well as between your teeth and fillings.

Benefits of dental exams

One of the main benefits of regular dental exams is that they can help detect and prevent oral health issues early on. During a dental exam, your dental team can provide you with personalized instructions to help you maintain good oral hygiene at home. They can also answer any questions you might have about your oral health, including questions about your at-home dental care routine. Besides, regular dental exams allow dentists to catch dental problems early when they can be reversed before they create permanent damage. 

How often should I have a dental exam?

Dental exams and cleanings are critical for maintaining good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist every six months for a dental exam and at least one professional dental cleaning.

To learn more about our dental procedures or to schedule your appointment for dental checkups, call Whitlow Dental Care at (559)441-7700.

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