When it comes to your teeth, taking care of them doesn’t have to be complicated. First, you need to brush and floss at home…this is something you’ve probably heard since you were a small child. In addition to this, you should also get routine checkups and cleanings every six months. The question is, if you’re taking care of your teeth adequately at home, why do you need a professional cleaning? What are they looking for during the dental checkup?
Teeth are actually very complicated structures and have numerous small, hard to reach crevices where food particles and bacteria like to gather. This is especially true when talking about the back teeth, and this is why many people tend to get cavities in them. Even if you brush twice a day, you simply aren’t able to reach those areas. Plus, many people tend to let their mind wander while they brush, and it’s easy to miss large areas in their mouth.
A dental cleaning fills in these gaps in your home routine. It allows a member of our skilled team to clean your teeth in a way you simply can’t at home. Specialized tools and training enable them to spot those hidden areas where plaque tends to gather and save you from having to get a cavity treated in the future.
After a cleaning, Dr. Boyd or Dr. Walther will examine your mouth for small issues like tooth decay and gum disease as well as potentially big problems like oral cancer. These twice yearly exams are an essential part of maintaining optimum oral health over the long term. The doctors spot areas of concern while they are small and easy to treat, which will save you time, money and discomfort in the future.
When was the last time you had a checkup and cleaning? If it’s been 6 months or longer, don’t hesitate to contact our Tallahassee dental office today so we can give you a smile you don’t have to worry about.