Regular dental cleanings are important because plaque and tartar buildup can be very harmful to your smile. The bacteria in plaque and tartar will eventually eat away at your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your teeth and gums and to get regular cleanings and checkups.
During your regular cleaning, the dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth. Plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth, and we will also floss your teeth. After that, the Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA will perform a thorough dental exam.
What Is a Checkup?
Your dental checkup is a time set aside bi-annually so a dentist can fully examine your teeth. These appointments are an important opportunity to maintain your oral health since many problems can be caught early on and treated or prevented. Typically, these appointments also include a full cleaning.
You should visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and preventive care. During these appointments, plaque, tartar, and other substances will be removed from your teeth and the dentist will check for any issues to ensure your teeth are in good health.
How Do Cleanings and Checkups Prevent Dental Problems?
Regular cleaning and checkup appointments are the foundation of good oral health. During these visits, our dental team cleans away plaque and tartar buildup and looks for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. The earlier these problems are detected, the better the prognosis will be.
Dental cleanings and checkups help your smile by:
- Removing plaque and tartar buildup
- Examining your smile for signs of damage or diseases
- Screening for oral cancer
During your dental checkup and cleaning, the dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to spot dental issues and any tartar deposits will be removed. We then use a hand-held or ultrasonic appliance to dislodge these deposits. When the stainless steel tip of the scaler is placed on the calcified deposits, they will be dislodged easily, and the water jet combined with it will help to wash them off.
Your teeth are then gently buffed and polished to smoothen out their surfaces and prevent bacterial accumulation.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at College Family Dentistry, call (225) 926-4640 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 4616 Concord Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.