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Dental Checkups and Cleanings – Brookfield, WI
Stop Oral Health Problems in Their Tracks
While brushing and flossing on a daily basis go a long way toward preventing health issues like gum disease and cavities, these habits are only half the battle. To keep your mouth as healthy as possible, you also need to see a dentist for a checkup and cleaning regularly. Here at Elmbrook Family Dental, we take a preventive approach to the health of your teeth and gums, ensuring your smile is problem-free for years to come. If it has been too long since your last dental checkup, just call us today to schedule your next one with our skilled and caring dental team.
What to Expect During Your Checkup and Cleaning
The first portion of your appointment is the checkup. You’ll meet with one of our dentists, who will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, existing dental work, and other oral structures. We might also take x-rays to detect problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Using their findings, the dentist will develop a personalized treatment and maintenance plan to help you keep your smile healthy in the long term.
The second part of your visit is the teeth cleaning. One of our dental hygienists will use special instruments to remove any plaque and tartar that have accumulated on your teeth and gums. After getting rid of this harmful substance, they’ll polish your teeth, dissolving surface stains and giving your teeth a nice white sheen!
How Often Do You Need a Checkup?
For most patients, it’s recommended that you see your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. However, if you have a history of poor oral health, you might need to visit us more often. Other reasons for more frequent appointments include:
- Tobacco use
- Pregnancy which increases the risk of gum disease
- Cancer treatment
- Certain health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, or heart disease
After you come in for your initial visit, our dentists can determine how often you need to attend checkups based on your unique oral health needs.
Why Are These Visits Important?
Although at-home brushing and flossing are essential habits, there are areas of your mouth that these tools can’t reach. Plaque can then develop in these spots and eventually harden into tartar, which is full of bacteria that contribute to oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing every day can effectively prevent plaque from hardening, but once it has become tartar, only a dentist or hygienist can remove it. That’s why seeing us at regular intervals is important to your oral health.
Additionally, many dental health issues like cavities don’t display symptoms like pain until serious damage has already been done. By attending checkups at least every six months, we’re more likely to catch potential problems while they’re still relatively easy to treat. In the case of oral cancer, detecting issues early enough could even save your life!
Can Regular Checkups Save You Money?
If you don’t get even a simple cavity treated in a timely manner, it can sometimes cause irreversible damage. The decay could reach the center of your tooth, resulting in the need for a root canal or even an extraction. Attending regular checkups makes it more likely that we’ll catch the cavity while all you need to treat it is a filling instead of these more costly and extensive procedures. Regular preventive care can definitely save you both time and money in the long run. These appointments are just as beneficial for your wallet as they are for your smile!