In addition to vigilantly brushing and flossing, visiting the dentist regularly is the most important thing you can do to maintain fantastic oral health. These checkups help ensure that your teeth are clean and that there are no issues developing. What’s more, these visits help your teeth appear healthy, which can help build confidence in your smile. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist discusses the importance of visiting our practice every six months for cleanings and exams.
What Happens During A Cleaning?
Even if you brush and floss your teeth every day, plaque and tartar can still build up on your teeth. While practicing preventative measures at home is crucial, without professional tools and professional care, it is unlikely that you will fully remove all the damaging elements from your teeth. This is totally normal, but it underscores why you can benefit from professional help. When you visit us for a regularly scheduled appointment, one of our highly-trained hygienists will use state-of-the-art dental tools that can help remove the bacteria and plaque that you cannot get rid of at home. This is particularly important because built-up plaque can turn into tartar which can then lead to severe decay. Once a tooth decays, you will likely require a dental filling to fix the issue. It is ideal to prevent this from happening in the first place rather than treating it once it occurs.
The Exam Portion Of Your Visit
Once your cleaning is complete, your dentist will closely examine your mouth. We utilize the latest dental technology to ensure we are getting the full picture of your oral health. When we do this, we are able to identify any problems and monitor them during future visits. If anything is out of the ordinary, we can then suggest treatments to address it. The goal of preventative care is to scope out and take care of problems before they worsen. During this checkup, we can also conduct an oral cancer screening. During this time, we look for the most common symptoms like abrasions, lesions, sores, and any unexplained bleeding. With our compassionate care, we will keep you fully abreast of anything we find and keep you totally in the loop. If need be, we will also suggest further treatments that keep your best interests and health in mind.
Contact Us To Schedule Your Next Cleaning And Exam
If it has been over six months since your last visit to our office, we invite you to make an appointment today. You can schedule an appointment, by contacting your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.